Feedlot Management - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment (30%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,243.00
International 3,493.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

This unit is designed to provide students with the latest research and commercial information to enable them to implement best practice feedlot management techniques for the beef, dairy and sheep industries. The primary aspects of feedyard management are covered, including principles of feedyard management, quality assurance, shipping and receiving cattle, handling and processing of feedlot cattle, feedlot waste management practices and animal welfare. The unit aims to provide an overview of leading management practices - provided by expert consultants and leading research personnel.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse, evaluate and transform information in order to demonstrate an understanding of the key issues surrounding growth pathways, genetic selection, animal health and nutrition management and meat quality implications for grain-fed ruminant animals;
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the social and environmental issues pertaining to the design and management of intensively housed ruminant animals; and
  3. demonstrate an advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of the specific discipline and critically analyse, evaluate and transmit knowledge pertaining to how metabolic and physiological concepts can be used to explain backgrounding protocols, induction protocols, ration manipulation and animal health recording practices.
  • Assignment (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quiz (10%)
  • Seminar (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Health and welfare
2Growth and nutrition
3Feeding management
4Meat science
5Waste management
6Breeding and genetics

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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