Course code LauZ3135

Credit points 3

Biologic Livestock Husbandry

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes20

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation04.10.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Animal Science

Course developer

author lect.

Elita Aplociņa

Mg. agr.

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to introduce students with importance of animals in organic farming, livestock management and nutrition aspects. Students get knowledge in optimization of feed ration of cow, beef cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. Students learn the principles of determination of animal welfare, acquire the disease control opportunities.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course student will have:
• knowledge of livestock management and nutrition aspects in organic farming – independent works, final test;
• skills in optimization of feed ration of cow, beef cattle, pigs, poultry in organic farming system – practical works;

• competences in auditing of organic enterprises – independent work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction in organic farming. Situation in Latvia and in the World. 2h
2. Importance of livestock in organic farming. 2h
3. Feed optimization principles. 2h
4. Feeding of livestock. Feeding of dairy cattle. 2h
5. Breeding and feeding of beef cattle. 2h
6. Breeding and feeding of pigs. 2h
7. Breeding and feeding of poultry. 2h
8. Breeding and feeding of rabbits. 2h
9. Feed requirement, planning of feed. 2h
10. Livestock breeding and management technologies. 2h
11. Livestock welfare and behaviour. 2h
12. Reauirement of Food and Veterinary cervice and Certification body in Oragnic livestock farm. 2h
13. Quality criterias for organic farming. 2h
14. Livestock products. Requirements for quality. 2h
15. Marketing of organic livestock products. Labeling. 2h

16. Diseases. Foreclosure options for diseases. 2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Regular attendance of lectures and practical works. Successfully written and presented independent work on the topics of practical work. Successfully passed a test with a mark. Accumulative mark.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

2 independent works:
1) A report and presentation on the possibilities of alternative vetmedicine in organic livestock farming;

2) Evaluation of the livestock holding according to the evaluation form of the Organic Enterprise and 2 presentations about legislation and situation in home country.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

1st independent work is evaluated with 2 marks - for a report and for a presentation; (20% + 20%)
2nd independent work is evaluated with one mark; (20%)

The final test with 20 questions is evaluated with a mark (40%). Average evaluation is calculated.

Compulsory reading

1. Preču zīmes “Latvijas ekoprodukts” standartu izpildes nosacījumi: Rokasgrāmata bioloģiskajā lauksaimniecībā. Rīga: SIA Jumi, 2004, 189 lpp.
2. Osītis U. (2004) Dzīvnieku ēdināšana kompleksā skatījumā. Ozolnieki, 361 lpp.
3. Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 of 5 September 2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control.
4. Lampkin N. (1992) Organic farming. UK, 701 pp.
5. Sarapatka B., Urban J. (2009) Organic Agriculture. Prague, 338 p.

6. Animal health and welfare in organic agriculture (2004). Ed. M. Vaarst UK, 426 p.

Further reading

1. Jemeļjanovs A. Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieki un to produkcija bioloģiskajā lauksaimniecībā: Monogrāfija. Sigulda, 2006. 295 lpp.
2. Šeļegovska E. Labas higiēnas prakses ieteikumi piena lopkopībā bioloģiskajā lauksaimniecībā. Jelgava: LLKC, 2007. 64 lpp.
3. Kaula D., Laicena I., Šeļegovska E. Labas higiēnas prakses vadlīnijas trušu audzēšanā, pirmapstrādē un realizācijā bioloģiskajā lauksaimniecībā. Jelgava: LLKC, 2007. 32 lpp.
4. Baltiņa. D., Dreijere S. Minerālvielas liellopu ēdināšanā. Ozolnieki, 2018. 35 lpp.

5. Siliņa A., Dreijere S. Lopbarības analīžu rezultātu apkopojums. Ozolnieki, 2013. 47 lpp.


Ellective course for students of Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical Faculty study program Biosystems Machinery and Technologies.