2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Aug 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AGS 120 - Introduction to the Animal Industry


Description: Classification of agricultural animals, the reproductive process, behavior, basic genetics, growth and development, basic nutrition, welfare and consumer concerns. Emphasis on beef, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, fish and alternative agricultural animals. 

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Animal agriculture as a science 
  2. Classification of animals 
  3. Livestock industry 
  4. Small animal/companion animal industry 
  5. Alternative animal industry 
  6. Behavior 
  7. Genetics and reproduction
  8. Nutrition 
  9. Meat science 
  10. Disease 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Cite scientific discoveries that have made food better and less expensive for the consumer. (1)
  2. List the pharmaceuticals and non-meat byproducts that are derived from animals. (1)
  3. Classify agricultural animals according to breed and other scientific classifications. (2) 
  4. Describe the various segments of the livestock industry. (3) 
  5. Describe livestock production operations. (3)
  6. Describe the importance of raising animals for consumer use. (3)
  7. Describe the importance of the pet industry to the United States. (4) 
  8. List the animals that are most often used in scientific research. (4)
  9. Describe the alternative agricultural animals in the production industry today. (5)
  10. Describe the types of social behavior in animals. (6) 
  11. Describe the sexual and reproductive processes and behaviors in animals. (7)
  12. Explain how performance data is used in the selection process for artificial insemination. (7)
  13. Describe various feeding programs and methods used in livestock nutrition. (8)
  14. Explain the steps in the slaughter of meat animals and list the wholesale cuts of beef, pork, and lamb. (9)
  15. List examples of common livestock diseases and explain how they are spread. (10)