YAS-10806 Biology of Animal Production


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised40
Course coordinator(s)ir. AA Hulzebosch
Lecturer(s)dr. ing. RPMA Crooijmans
ing. PN de Groot
Examiner(s)dr. ing. RPMA Crooijmans

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The idea is that students will get a basic knowledge in biological basis of animal production and biological processes in farm animals and companion animals. The following topics are discussed such as:
A. Biological basis of animal production:
a. animal products: milk, meat, eggs, fish;
b. feed and feeding: foodstuff, digestive organs;
c. health: pathogens, disease resistance, disease prevention. B. Biological processes:
a. metabolism: temperature regulation, locomotion and behavior;
b. growth and development: growth curves, genetic size and body composition;
c. reproduction: principles, lactation, egg production;
d. biological limits: housing, livability.
The course is divided in 11 cases, each consisting of self study material and a practical related to the topic of the case. In every case one animal species will play a central role and is used in the practical although comparative biology is applied. During the practical the students will learn practical skills in measuring phenotypes with different animals and interpret the measurements with different aspects of biological processes on animal as well as on molecular level. Furthermore they will learn how to deal with a variety of different animals.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the student has basic knowledge and is familiar with biological principles which are the basis of animal production and their products of farm animals and companion animals.


Lectures, practicals and demonstrations and self-study.


The final grade is based on a written examination.


Study guide.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc4WD
Restricted Optional for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc4WD
Compulsory for: WUAFSBSc Minor Animal Health and Welfare4WD