Animal production industries play important roles in global food security and they are facing ongoing challenges due to increased demand for affordable high quality, environmentally-friendly dietary protein for humans. This unit of study will explore Aquaculture and Poultry Production, the two most efficient animal protein industries in terms of feed conversion efficiency and least greenhouse gas emission. The aquaculture module will introduce the husbandry of broodstock and larval and juvenile culture techniques of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans, the biological principles of aquaculture including aquatic animal physiology, species selection, hatchery breeding and rearing and grow-out practices and aquaculture farming systems. The poultry module will explore chicken-meat and egg production in Australia and overseas, poultry nutrition, feed technology, management of hatchery, breeder and broiler flocks, poultry meat processing. Both aquaculture and poultry modules will focus on animal health, welfare, disease and environmental impact and how these considerations determine current on-farm practice. By the end of this unit, you will be able to: evaluate the benefits of different production systems in aquaculture and poultry with consideration in animal welfare and sustainability; understand profits and pitfalls when managing production and provide potential solutions to on-farm problems.
|Academic unit||Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations|
|6 credit points from (AVBS1002 or BIOL1XXX) and 6 credit points from (AVBS2XXX or BIOL2XXX)|
|AVBS3008 or AVBS4008 or AVBS3009 or AVBS4009|
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