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AGRI8003 - Animal Health & Welfare

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Title:Animal Health & Welfare
Long Title:Animal Health & Welfare
Module Code:AGRI8003
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Agriculture
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Claire OSullivan Rochford
Module Author: CATHERINE MURPHY
Module Description: This module is designed to allow the learner to create an understanding of the development of respiratory diseases and scours in neo-natal calves, and of mastitis and lameness in dairy cows, which will enable the learner to assess the economic implications of both.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the implications of good health and welfare from neo-nate to adult dairy cow.
LO2 Explore the impact of respiratory disease and scours in neo-natal dairy calves
LO3 Evaluate the factors contributing to the development of mastitis and lameness in Dairy herds.
LO4 Develop a treatment response protocol to high somatic cell count and lameness in Dairy herds
LO5 Investigate the economic implications of the main calf diseases, mastitis and lameness in dairy cows at farm level.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

6494 AGRI6003 Animal Management 2
6496 AGRI6012 Animal production
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Health and Welfare
neo-natal health and welfare, development of respiratory disease, nutritional and infectious scours, biological and physical organisms associated with calf disease, replacement heifer health and welfare
Contributing factors
drying off techniques, increase in SCC, bacteria involved, development of clinical mastitis, machine contribution, foot anatomy, locomotion, lameness disease organisms
Treatment response
identification of high SCC, reducing high SCC in dairy cows, California Milk Test, Bulk milk samples, management of cows with high SCC, identification of biological and physical factors associated with lameness, eliminating causitive factors of lameness, use of antibiotics, culling decisions
Economics
economic implications of calf diseases at farm level, costs of high SCC at farm level, treatment costs, milk quality implications, co-op penalties, costs of lameness at farm level, economic implications for fertility and milk production
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Develop an action plan for a given case study of a farm with either a high SCC problem or a significant lameness problem 4 40.0 Week 7
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,5 60.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • by A. T. Chamberlain and J. M. Wilkinson 1996, Feeding the dairy cow, Chalcombe Welton [ISBN: 978-0948617324]
  • Jane Williams RCVS CertEd VN (Editor) 2009, The Complete Textbook of Animal Health & Welfare, First Ed., Saunders Ltd. [ISBN: 978-0702029448]
  • Farming Press 1999, A veterinary book for dairy farmers, Roger William Blowey
  • Gordon Throup, 1998, Making Profits With Dairy Cows and Quotas, Diamond Farm Book Pubns [ISBN: 9780852362815]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 1 Group Elective 1

Cork Institute of Technology
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