BEEF CATTLE – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  09/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

This course is divided into 9 lessons, as follows; 1. Introduction to beef cattle and beef cattle breeds - The role of beef cattle in agriculture; Scientific classification; Examples of breeds worldwide; British Beef breeds - Angus, Hereford, South Devon, Sussex, Red Poll; U.S. Developed Beef breeds - Santa Gertrudis, American Brahman, Amerifax, Beefmaster; European Beef breeds - Salers, Charolais, Simmental, Gelbvieh; Australian Beef breeds - Braford, Beefmaster, Droughtmaster, Murray Grey, Australian Lowline; South African Beef Breeds - Salorn, Tswana, Tuli, Afrikander; Breed selection c0nsiderations - horned vs poll, colour, gestation length, birth weight, mothering ability, post weaning growth, meat quality etc. 2. Beef Cattle Production Systems- Various systems of production - extensive, intensive, semi-intensive; Choosing a suitable system - considerations include size, climate, soils, transport, markets etc; Cattle handling facilities; Materials used in cattle handling; Cattle identification - branding, ear marking, tattooing, ear tags; De-horning - chemical and mechanical; Castration, dips and dipping, and injecting cattle 3. Beef Cattle Breeding - Heritability, performance testing, progeny testing, selection; Pure versus cross breeding - advantages and disadvantages; Calving percentage; Management factors to improve calving percentage; Weaning Calves; Factors affecting calf weaning; The anatomy of the male reproductive system; The physiology of the male reproductive system; Fertility problems in the male; The anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system; Fertility problems; Pregnancy and parturition; The structure of the mammary glands; Secretion of milk; Growth and development; Post natal growth; Compensatory growth 4. Diseases in Beef Cattle (Viral and Bacterial) - Determining health status of the animal; Signs of a healthy animal; Causes of ill-health; Injury, poor nutrition, poisoning, parasites, hereditary conditions etc; Preventing ill-health; Correct feed and nutrition, insect control, parasite control, vaccinations, control stress etc 5. Parasitic and Other Diseases in Beef Cattle - Some parasitic diseases; Other ailments of cattle - actinobacillosis, anaplasmosis, arthritis, beef measles; Poisoning, Pink eye, Milk fever, bloat etc 6. Nutrition in Beef Cattle - Feed type - Roughages and concentrates; Carbohydrates, protein, fats; Grass or grain feeding; Rations for beef cattle - maintenance or production rations; Maintenance rations; Procedure for calculating a ration; Supplementary feeding of protein; Lot; Feeding; Minerals; Common macromineral deficiencies; Common trace mineral deficiencies; Diagnosis of trace mineral deficiencies; Vitamins; Water for farm animals; Protein 7. Commercial Herd Management - The breeding herd; Production systems; Cow-calf herd; Beef production systems using dairy stock 8. Feed Lot Management - Lot feeding - types of feedlot; Managing cattle in a feedlot; Feedlot Records; Article on pen feeding in South Africa 9. Stud Herd Management - Time of calving; Feeding; Fertility; Indicators of fertility in bulls Indicators of fertility in cows; Management, Economics and Marketing; Profitability; Factors affecting gross output; Factors affecting variable costs Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/BEEF-CATTLE-BAG206-229.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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