Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Intensive subject taught over one week.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 30 hours |
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment (including non-contact time): 120 hours.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison Unit (8344 7068 or DLUfirstname.lastname@example.org).
Students enrolling in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment are advised that some courses of study may put them at an increased risk of contracting Q Fever. Q Fever is a relatively common preventable condition which, while rarely fatal, can cause a severe acute illness and can result in damage to heart valves and chronic fatigue. It is recommended that students consider undertaking screening and vaccination for Q Fever prior to commencement of study. Students may be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to undertaking some coursework. Your course coordinator will advise you of this requirement prior to commencement of the study semester. Vaccine costs for students are not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme, Medicare, or by the University. Some students with full private medical coverage (which has hospital and ancillary cover) may receive partial re-imbursement for vaccine costs.
CoordinatorProf Frank Dunshea
Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
|Subject Overview:||The Australian dairy industry has the third highest gross value of production of all the primary industries.Dairying is largely concentrated in Victoria (65% of total national production), and uses pasture as the main feed source for lactating animals. Dairy businesses are under increased pressure to maintain profit margins and sustain the quality of natural resources in the face of climatic variability and climate change, decreased water allocations, increased input costs (especially feed grains), labour supply shortages, and volatile milk prices. Meeting these challenges requires sophisticated understanding of how dairy production systems are constructed and managed, and what drives profitability.|
|Objectives:||In this subject, a combination of lectures and dairy systems case study analysis will be used to teach the principles and practices of dairy systems management. Tools such as models and economic analysis programs will be used within the case studies. Leading dairy producers, animal nutritionists and farm management consultants will contribute to the curriculum, particularly in the case study component of the subject.|
|Assessment:||4 x oral presentation/case study (40%) and two 2500 word written assignments (60%).|
|Prescribed Texts:||Holmes, C.W. et al. Milk Production from Pasture (2nd edition). Butterworths|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) |
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
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