Skip to main content


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Contemporary animal production aims to yield high quality products in ways that are efficient, sustainable and humane. As a student in the Animal Production major, you will learn how environment affects livestock productivity, how physiology affects production and reproduction and how to improve animal performance through the application of underpinning animal sciences. 

See more

Graduate attributes

Students who graduate from Animal Production will be able to:

  1. Describe and understand the nature and working framework that underpin animal farming systems and develop solutions for the many challenges faced by producers.
  2. Handle production animals in a safe manner to minimise risk and stress for both human and animal.
  3. Describe and explain animal body systems, specifically maintenance of homeostasis and the animals’ response to environmental factors and stressors.
  4. Develop an integrated understanding of animal nutrition in relation to animal health, wellbeing and productivity.
  5. Apply a knowledge of animal husbandry in the context of optimising meat, milk or fibre production for humans and ensure product safety prior to consumption.
  6. Apply innovative technologies and systems to enhance ethical, efficient and sustainable animal production.
  7. Demonstrate and communicate ethical animal farming through applied best practices adhering to social demands and acceptance.
Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

To commence study in the year

Units of study in this major

To commence study in the year

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.