Course: Reproduction of Farm Animals

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Course title Reproduction of Farm Animals
Course code KZVE/REPHZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 7
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Beran Jan, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. History and present level of reproduction. Perspectives of the use of insemination in agriculture. 2. Anatomy of male and female genitals, anatomical differences between individual species. 3. Physiology of reproduction and neuro-humoral regulation of the cycle. Sexual maturity, reflexes and behavior. 4. Spermatogenesis and properties of ejaculate. Cross-species differences in ejaculate quality. 5. Collection and evaluation of semen of individual species. Semen processing and conservation - procedure, methods, interspecies differences. 6. Insemination of cattle - selection of dams for insemination, methods and procedure of insemination of cows and heifers. 7. Insemination of pigs - selection of swine for insemination, procedure of insemination of sows, ensuring insemination in pig breeding. 8. Insemination of sheep and goats - preparation for fertilization, selection of ewes, methods and procedure of insemination of sheep and goats. 9. Insemination of poultry - anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems of farm birds, insemination of individual species of poultry. 10. Reproduction of horses - selection of mares and stallions for breeding, natural breeding and insemination. 11. Fertilization, diagnosis of pregnancy, fetal development. Evaluation of reproduction results. 12. Physiology of parturition, treatment of dams and progeny - interspecies differences. 13. Health problems during pregnancy and parturition. Causes of male and female fertility disorders. 14. Embryo transfer - methods of embryo collection, transfer, division and conservation. Application of biotechnical methods in animal breeding.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Monitoring, Demonstration, Skills training, Laboratory
  • Semestral paper - 12 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 82 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim is to acquaint students theoretically and practically with the rules of reproduction, pregnancy and parturition of individual species of livestock, with the latest biotechnological methods in reproduction and their application.
Can explain the biology of reproduction, anatomy and physiology of the genitals of livestock. Can describe methods of collecting, evaluating and conserving ejaculate of sires. Can practically evaluate the obtained ejaculate. Can choose dams for breeding or insemination. Can calculate herd fertility indexes of each livestock species.
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Active participation in exercises. Elaboration of laboratory protocols and seminar work.
Recommended literature
  • Ball, P.J.H., Peters, A.R. Reproduction in cattle. 2007. ISBN 978-1-4051-1545-2.
  • Doležal, R. et al. Veterinární porodnictví. Brno, VFU 2000, 193 s..
  • Hafez, E.S.E., Hafez, B. Reproduction in farm animals. 2000. ISBN 0-683-30577-8.
  • Hájek, Z., Kulovaný, E., Macek, M. Základy prenatální diagnostiky. Praha, Grada Publishing 2000, 423 s..
  • Louda, F. a kol. Inseminace hospodářských zvířat se základy biotechnických metod. Praha, 2001. ISBN 80-87144-05-3.
  • Louda, F. a kol. Uplatnění biologických zásad při řízení reprodukce plemenic. VÚCHS Rapotín, s.r.o. 2008, 55 s.. ISBN 978-80-87144-05-3.
  • Říha, J. et al. Reprodukce v procesu šlechtění prasat. Rapotín, Asociace chovatelů masných plemen 2001, 135 s..
  • Říha, J. et al. Reprodukce v procesu šlechtění skotu. Rapotín, Asociace chovatelů masných plemen 2000, 144 s..


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): Agriculture (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Biotechnology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Animal husbandry (2016) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Animal husbandry (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer