Adv Reproduction & Breeding Technology

Subject DASC90013 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students wishing to take this subject should be enrolled in a postgraduate programme in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Zoology, Agriculltural Sciences or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will provide the student with a theoretical and practical understanding of advanced breeding programs in cattle and sheep. They will be able to set up a breeding program, have a knowledge of the male and female reproductive systems, their control and manipulation to implement advanced breeding technologies such as AI, MOET, IVF, cloning and transgenesis. The student will also have extensive hands on experience in cattle and sheep AI and embryo flushing and transfer programs established at the Dookie campus.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the subject the student will be able to:

  • Assess a variety of livestock breeding programs for genetic improvement
  • Have a good practical understanding of the implementation of these breeding programs
  • Know how the anatomical differences between sheep and cattle influence the application of the programs
  • Predict future breeding strategies through a comprehensive knowledge of the benefits and limitations of current technologies
  • One 1000 word written assignment due at the end of the block intensive worth 15%
  • One 1000 word practical report 1 due one month after the block intensive worth 15%
  • One 1500 word practical report 2 due one month after the block intensive worth 15%
  • One two-hour exam to be held during the end-of-semester exam period worth 55%
Prescribed Texts:

Gordon, I. 2005 Reproductive technologies in farm animals. CABI publishing, Oxfordshire, UK

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Animal Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point (A) Master of Agricultural Sciences
100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences

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