Courses in Agri-Business

Livestock Production Principles

ANSC 1100     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers animal production history and economic impact, breed development, animal anatomy and physiology, animal product features, gland and hormone functions, growth and lactation physiology, environmental animal production factors, and animal research. Course will focus on disease prevention and the means required to promote productive livestock production. Some time will be spent on analyzing specific diseases, describing symptoms, and treatment. (Prerequisites: None)

Beef Production Management

ANSC 1105     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers topics current to the beef industry as a productive enterprise, including beef and dairy-beef feedlot and cow-calf operations. Course enrollees will concentrate on current resources available to the industry via the Internet, guest speakers and beef industry publications. (Prerequisites: None)

Livestock Lab

ANSC 1200     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to teach the fundamental principles of livestock genetics in a practical manner. The course deals with the physiology of reproduction and application of genetics for improvement of the livestock herd. Livestock selection materials and methods of live animal and carcass evaluation will be conducted. Subjective and objective evaluation methods and measurements will be included. (Prerequisites: None)

Ruminant Animal Production

ANSC 1205     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will critically evaluate genetic, reproductive, economic and management criteria that influence profitability and sustainability of ruminants as viable agricultural animal enterprises in Minnesota, the United States and the World. This course will specifically focus on ruminant animals such as dairy, beef cattle, sheep and goats, as productive enterprises, including milk production, dairy-beef feedlot, as well as other ruminant animal production enterprises. Course enrollees will concentrate on current resources available to the industry via the Internet, guest speakers, tours and industry publications. (Prerequisites: None)

Cattle Artificial Insemination

ANSC 1305     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers a study of the techniques and equipment necessary for the artificial insemination in cattle. Principles involved in heat selection, bull selection, semen collection and storage, semen evaluation, insemination, record keeping, mating appraisal, and cleanup procedures will all be addressed in this course. (Prerequisites: None)

Principles of Animal Nutrition

ANSC 2100     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides basic information about the fundamentals of nutrition and the essential nutritional requirements of livestock. Units of instruction will include: nutrients and digestion, evaluating feedstuffs, characteristics of feedstuffs, processing techniques of various feeds, feed formulations, commercial feeds and feed additives. This course includes the discussion of the feeding practices of swine, cattle, poultry, and equine. (Prerequisites: None)

Ruminant and Non-Ruminant Nutrition

ANSC 2200     3.00 Credits
This course covers a practical approach to livestock nutrition. Rations will be balanced using National Research Council recommendations. The main emphasis will be on swine, dairy, and beef. Some time will be spent on sheep, poultry, and horses. Laboratory exercises will cover feeding trials and testing feeds for protein. (Prerequisites: ANSC 2100)