AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 core unit in the Agricultural Science; Agricultural Science and Technology; Agricultural Technology; Agribusiness and Agricultural Science; Agribusiness major sequences
- The focus of this unit is the matching of livestock energy demand to supply of feed, particularly forage, within Australian agricultural systems. Pasture production is first focused upon with an emphasis on the ecology of the major pasture legumes and grasses, especially in a Mediterranean climate, as is typical of Western Australia. Breeding of annual pasture legumes is examined. The ruminant digestive system and reproductive cycle are explored along with the factors that determine diet, feed quality and feed intake. Current challenges and innovations in livestock systems, including in the rangelands of Western Australia, are explored in lectures and through visiting the UWA Future Farm and Shenton Park Research Station (e.g. saltland pastures, perennial native shrubs, novel annual pasture legumes, legume breeding, oestrogenic pastures and low stress livestock handling). Laboratories are used to explore key concepts in more detail and the skills needed to design experiments and collect and explore data using Excel and the statistical package R are emphasised throughout the unit.
- Students are able to (1) list the key characteristics of the current common pasture and livestock species grown in Australia; (2) demonstrate understanding of the ruminant digestive system and how livestock energy demand can be matched to feed type and availability; (3) communicate the key factors influencing the economic viability of grazing systems in Western Australia; (4) demonstrate a capacity for broad and critical thinking in relation to how pasture and livestock systems in Western Australia could implement innovative solutions to current economic and environmental challenges; (5) demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of experimental design, data collection and data exploration for pasture and livestock experiments; and (6) build a simple computer model of an agricultural system using Excel and the R statistical package to predict outcomes from various scenarios.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project; (2) laboratory reports; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Megan Ryan and Professor Phil Vercoe
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- lectures up to 2 hours per week for 12 weeks; computer laboratory sessions: 4 hours; trip to Shenton Park field station: 1 x 2 hours; 1 day trip to wheatbelt (or equivalent activitiy) one day on a weekend
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.