Courses & Units

Herd and Pasture Management ZAB229

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


This unit focuses on the critical components of animal management for profitability and sustainability of ruminant production systems. Topics will include animal health, welfare, fertility, genetics, feed budgeting and pasture management. You will investigate the main factors affecting ruminant health and the strategies available to prevent and manage such conditions. You will explore how animal ethics and welfare need to be incorporated into farm planning. The unit will provide examples of how farmers improve ruminant reproductive performance, irrespective of their farming system and how they make informed decisions around breeding and grazing management.


Unit name Herd and Pasture Management
Unit code ZAB229
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Business and Management UC
Coordinator Mrs Sarah Gatenby-Clark
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate the relationship between profitability and herd and pasture management
  • Interpret and communicate techniques for measuring pasture quantity and quality and developing feed budgets .
  • Analyse and explain the impact of herd and pasture management practices on herd productivity
  • Reflect on and apply animal health and welfare concepts for sustainable ruminant production systems
  • Evaluate and communicate practice-based decisions for herd and pasture management
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Online weekly tutorials; 2 x half-day workshops and 2 x half-day field trips per semester (face-to-face with distance option)

AssessmentAT1: Blog (15%)|AT3: Livestock Management Plan (50%)|AT4: Presentation (20%)|AT2: Discussion Board (15%)
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