YAS-33306 Integrated Course Intensive Livestock


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion12
Practical extensively supervised10
Project learning10
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
dr. ir. E Kanis
dr. ir. RP Kwakkel
prof. dr. ir. WJJ Gerrits
dr. W Hazeleger
prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp
prof. dr. EN Stassen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
dr. W Hazeleger

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

Courses 2nd year BDW


This course allows specialization within the intensively kept farm animal species such as pigs and poultry. Knowledge on breeding, management, nutrition, welfare and housing systems as well as financial and economic aspects are combined in an integrated way. With this approach, specific knowledge of various aspects of the sector is gained. This knowledge will be used for a consultancy practice in the sector. Together with students of a university of applied sciences, a practice-oriented problem has to be analyzed and an advice should be formulated to a farm or company in this sector.
This course is in development; consult the coordinator of the course prior to period 4 (2010/2011) for detailed information.

Learning outcomes:

Students , who followed this course with interest and took part in the discussions should be able to:
- describe the pig and poultry industry in the Netherlands and worldwide in general terms;
- distinguish and characterise the various components of the porc and poultry production chain and its stakeholders;
- to find reliable information about the pig and poultry sector;
- identify and explain the factors that independently and in combination to each other dictate pig and poultry production in all aspects;
- interpret and integrate scientific information on nutrition, breeding, housing, health, welfare, product quality and various societal issues for pigs and poultry;
- apply this integrated knowledge in a real consultancy practice by giving advice to a farmer or entrepreneur in this sector;
- understand and work together with colleagues regarding questions from an other professional background.


Discussion lectures are organized to discuss various potential problems in the sector regarding e.g. production problems, animal health and wellbeing. These discussions can be supported by scientific or popular literature. Students are actively involved in these lectures. Two excursions are organized within this course to relevant stakeholders. In addition the course will consist of working on an advisory practice, together with students from a university of applied sciences. Visits to- and discussions with an entrepreneur or farmer in order to analyse a practical problem is part of it.


Written exam.


Will be handed to you at the first lecture. A reader or handbook is available for selfstudy.

Restricted Optional for: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Terrestrial Animals4WD