Course code LauZ5150

Credit points 5

Poultry Breeding

Total Hours in Course200

Number of hours for lectures40

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes40

Independent study hours120

Date of course confirmation27.09.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Animal Science

Course developer

author Dzīvnieku zinātņu institūts

Aiga Nolberga-Trūpa

Dr. agr.

Course abstract

In this studies course Master students are acquainted with questions of poultry breeding - pure lines breeding, crossing, reciprocal and other methods by poultry breeding. In studies analyses the special breeding work at other meaning type of breeding farms. The Master students to train of ducks, geeses, also turkey`s, quail’s and quinea-fowl breeding and welfare, technological processes of poultry production.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Master students acquire profound knowledge on the breeding of poultry, welfare requirements, how to apply correctly the biological peculiarities of poultry for the production of highly valuable and economically profitable produce of poultry husbandry, as well as the students are acquainted with the technologies applied in the poultry husbandry. Successful passed practical work.
Master students know how to breed, fatten chickens and pullets; they know the technologies of poultry keeping; as well as they know how to use literature and knowledge for the acquisition of economically profitable produce of poultry husbandry. Successful defense of a report.
Master students are able to evaluate, discuss and argue their views on the issues of poultry husbandry. Master students are competent to apply the acquired skills within the process of professional development, as well as to analyze more profoundly the scientific literature and to perform independent scientific research in the poultry husbandry. Successful passed final exam.

Course Content(Calendar)

1 National economy of poultry in Latvia and European Union.
2. Main Legal Enactments of poultry farming.
3. Basics of poultry selection.
4. Individual egg incubation.
5. Evaluation of incubation results.
6. Poultry farming technologies.
7. Alternative keeping of laying hens.
8. Technologies for growing turkeys, geese, ducks, quail and guinea fowl.
9. Breeding herd for different species of poultry.
10. Poultry nutrition.
11. Premixes, feed additives, feed acidifiers, phyto feed additives.
12. Practical disinfection, disinsectisation and deratization of poultry houses and their safety.
13. Processing of poultry.
14. Quality of the carcass - sorting and labeling.
15. Poultry carcasses parts.
16. Technological processes of poultry products.

Requirements for awarding credit points

To ensure access to exam (in writing), Master students have to comply with course requirements, i.e. amount of classwork, practical works and defense of a report in accordance with course cpecification have to be evaluated positively

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work on the issues marked by the study course. Literature studies, make of a report and public defense on a certain topic.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Successful assessment in the report and exam. The report accounts for 40% of the total evaluation and 60% of the total evaluation.

Compulsory reading

1. Latvijas iedzīvotāju pārtikā lietojamās gaļas raksturojums. Autoru kolektīvs, LLU. Sigulda: Sigra, 2013. 347.lpp. Elektroniski pieejams: /LLUgramatas/SIGRA/ Latvijas_iedzivot_partik_galas_rakstur.pdf
2. Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieki un to produkcija bioloģiskajā lauksaimniecībā. Monogrāfija. Sigulda. Sigra. 2006.-159, 213.lpp.
3. The poultry Science. Biotech Books.2005.118 p. ISBN-10: 8176221449
4. Brereton G. 21st Century Poultry Breeding. 2018.209 p. ISBN 9781910632512.
5. Промишленное птицеводство. – ООО «Лика». Монография. ВНИТИП 2016. 531 c.
6. Селекционно-племенная работа в птицеводстве. Монография. ВНИТИП 2016. 287 c.
7. Е. Э. Епимахова, В. Е. Закотин, В. С. Скрипкин Селекция и разведение сельскохозяйственной птицы. Ставрополь «АГРУС», 2015. 53 c.

Further reading

1. 1. Kampuse S., Grāmatiņa I., Kunkulberga D., Ciproviča I. Ceļvedis mājražošanā. Ozolnieki: Latvijas Lauku konsultācijas un izglītības centrs. 2015. 78 lpp.
2. Heinz G., Hautzinger P. Meat processing technology: For Small-to Medium-Scale Producers. Bangkok: FAO. 2007, 368 p Elektroniski pieejams:
3. Toldra F. Handbook of meat processing. USA: Publishing by Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. 566 p.
4. Kerry J., Kerry J., Ledward D. Meat processing. England: Woodhead publishing limited. 2002. 464 p.
5. Переработка мяса птицы. - М:Агропромиздат, 2007. 436 с.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Meat Procesing Technology. Bangkok 10200, Thailand, FAO 2010, 428 p. Pieejams:
2. Poultry Science. Oxford Academic, ISSN: 0032-5791.
3. Poltry International. ISSN:1682-8356.
4. Poultry World. Pieejams: Magazine
5. Journal of The American Meat Science Association. ISSN: 0309-1740. Datubāzē ScienceDirect journals.


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