Course: Animal Breeding in Ecological Agriculture

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Course title Animal Breeding in Ecological Agriculture
Course code KZVE/QCHEZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Šoch Miloslav, prof. Ing. CSc., dr. h. c.
Course content
Animal husbandry principles in organic farming including legislation. Conversion conditions from conventional animal husbandry. Philosophy and ethics of animal husbandry under organic farming conditions. Biological and etological requirements of animals on housing systems. The suitability of breeds for organic farming. The specific nutrition of individual livestock species in terms of natural needs. Performance, longevity and health of animals. Grazing and ecological importance of pasture in maintaining and creating of the landscape. Natural ways of rearing cattle, sheeps, goats, horses, pigs and poultry from the welfare point of view. Economics of animal husbandry in organic farming. Organic products, organic food, its finalization, certification and marketing.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), E-learning, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies)
  • Preparation for classes - 30 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 16 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 115 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 19 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to familiarize students with philosophical, biological and ethological aspects of organic livestock husbandry system as a producent of organic food, enviromental protection and ecological stability of the landscape. The main focus is put on animal husbandry systems that meet the natural requirements of animals, husbandry ethics and their welfare, with the aim of achieving optimal performace and high longevity of animals.
Students will gain specific knowledge about individual species of farm animals rearing under the organic farming conditions.
Prerequisites
The basic knowledge of individual livestock species rearing.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

The participation at consulations.
Recommended literature
  • Zákon o ekologickém zemědělství v platném znšní.
  • Brouček, J. et al. Optimalizace chovu masných plemen skotu a ovcí v marginálních oblastech trvale udržitelného zemědělství. Zemědělská fakulta JU v Č. Budějovicích, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7394-338-7.
  • Debrecéni, O. et al. Etológia hospodárskych zvierat. SPU Nitra, 2016. ISBN 978-80-552-1498-6.
  • Hulsen J. Cow Signals.. Praha, Profi Pres s r.o., 2011.
  • Šarapatka B. et al. Ekologické zemědělství v praxi.. Šumperk, PRO-BIO, 2006. ISBN 978-80-903583-0-0.
  • Tančín, V. et al. Chov hospodárskych zvierat v marginálnych oblastiach. Centrum výskumu živočíšnej výroby Nitra, 2013. ISBN 978-80-89418-26-8.
  • Vaarst M. et al. Animal Health and Welfare in Organic Agriculture.. London, CABI Publishing, 2004.
  • Veselý, P. Metodika hodnocení managementu pastvy na chráněných biotopech. Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7375-572-0.
  • Veselý, P. Pastva malých přežvýkavců v chráněných oblastech. Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2014. ISBN 978-80-7509-125-3.
  • Webster J. Welfare: Životní pohoda zvířat.. Praha, Nadace na ochranu zvířat, 1999.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Sustainable Systems in Agricultural Land (2010) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Animal husbandry (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agribussines (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter