Course code LauZ4234

Credit points 2

Animal Breeding Technology

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation16.03.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Agricultural Machinery

Course developer

author Lauksaimniecības tehnikas institūts

Juris Priekulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to inform the students about milk, meat and egg production technologies including domestic animal selection, reproduction and handling, technological design of animal farms, animal feeding, animal breeding products and by-products as well as about collection and utilization of waste.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledges - about technological processes of milk, meat and egg production, as well as quality assurance of these products, using modern working methods. Knowledge is assessed in laboratory and practical work, as well as in tests.
Skills - the technological processes of livestock production, as well as to develop their modernization projects in order to improve the quality of the produced products and achieve high work results. Skills are assessed in practical work and tests.

Competences - to acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary for agricultural engineers, taking care of the improvement of the technological process of production and ensuring the quality of the produced products. Competences are assessed in laboratory work and tests.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Importance and state of animal husbandry in Latvia. Livestock regulations and their requirements - 2h
2. Farm animals, their origin, selection, breeds, reproduction, biological cycles - 2h
3. Types of cattle, pigs and poultry - 2h
4. Practical work: Calculation of pig herd structure and number of places - 2h
5. The concept of a livestock farm, the planning of the main building and territory - 2h
6. Internal plans of cow and pig barns - 2h
7. Practical work: Cow barn cross-section sketch development - 2h
8. Practical work: Development of the internal plan of a cow barn. Control work - 3h
9. Provision of microclimate in livestock housing - 2h
10. Practical work: Barn ventilation system calculation - 2h
11. Feed, its classification, characterization, chemical composition and evaluation. Animal feeding norms - 2h
12. Acquisition and storage of livestock products. Product quality indicators and their provision - 2h
13. Manure collection, storage and use - 3h

14. Practical work: Calculation of liquid manure yield and lagoon type storage - 2h
15. Wastewater and waste from livestock farms, their storage and utilization. Control work - 2h

Requirements for awarding credit points

The exam can be taken after listening to a lecture course, developing practical work and successfully writing both tests. Type of examination - examination with assessment.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests using the literature indicated in the study program and consulting with the lecturer of the study course.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Assessment of the study course depends on the cumulative assessment of the examination task and study course tests.
Students can have a successful grade for the test and examination, if at least 50% of the test questions are answered correctly.
Examination grade is calculated as the mean average of the average results of the tests passed in the animal farming and plant growing mechanisation sections.

Compulsory reading

1. Liellopu un cūku mītnes: tehnoloģija un aprīkošana / J.Priekuļa red. Rīga: Poligrāfists, 2003. 198 lpp.
2. Piena lopkopība. Rokasgrāmata / A.Jemeļjanova red. Sigulda: Jumi, 2001. 191 lpp.
3. Priekulis J. Lopkopības mehanizācija. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 355 lpp.

4. Kellems R. Livestock feeds and feeding. New Jersey: Prentice Hale. 1998. 573 p.

Further reading

1. Ilsters A. Aprīkojums un izmaksas cūkkopībā. Rīga: LLU Ulbrokas zinātnes centrs, 2001. 171 lpp.
2. Laurs A., Priekulis J. Mūsdienīga piena ražošana. Rīga: LLU Ulbrokas zinātnes centrs, 2001. 344 lpp.

3. Poikalainen V. Piima tootmine. Tartu: EMÜ Veterinaarmeditsiini ja loomakasvatuse institut, 2006. 448 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Žurnāls Agro Tops. Pieejams:
2. Žurnāls Saimnieks LV. Pieejams:

3. Lopkopība. Pieejams:


Compulsory course for Academic Bachelor study subprogram "Agricultural Machinery" of the study program "Agricultural Engineering" .