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This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


This unit provides an overview of the major Tasmanian animal production systems and how they fit within the broader Australian and worldwide contexts. Students use systems thinking to explore the variety of strategies that growers use meet their production targets. These include decisions around production intensification, husbandry, genetic tools, feed base and niche market opportunities.  Students learn how animal health, welfare and nutrition impact product quantity and quality and explore the impact of grower management decisions along the value chain. Excursions to commercial animal production enterprises enable students to see the real-life complexities of these growing systems and to interact with well-established Tasmanian producers. Students apply their systems-based thinking by comparing the visited enterprises, designing a stock management plan and verbally communicating about a contemporary aspect of animal production. Understanding how the many system elements can impact production and preparing management plans prepares students for undertaking further animal studies (including production animal research) or working in many industry roles including as growers, consultants, extension officers and processors.

Summary 2020

Unit name Animal Production Systems
Unit code KLA432
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Sarah Andrewartha

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


Describe the components of Australian animal production systems within a worldwide context.


Evaluate the key characteristics and drivers of efficient, effective and profitable animal production systems.


Interpret and communicate scientific and industry information to a scientific audience.


Design a best-practice animal management plan based on collected data



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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, weekly 3-hr field and lab practicals, seminars, excursions (13 wks)


ATT1. Presentation (individual or group) Presentation (10%)

ATT2. Report 1000 words (20%)

ATT3. Report 1200 words (20%)

ATT4. Final exam (50%)

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