AN SC 308
Sheep and Goat Production and Management (4) Application of principles of nutrition, breeding, physiology, health, facilities, marketing, and product development, to animal production agriculture.
AN SC 308 Sheep and Goat Production and Management (4)
AN SC 308 - Sheep and Goat Production and Management, offered on alternate (even) years to an anticipated 15-20 students, encompasses the requisite information for students to manage any of the small ruminant livestock species including meat and wool sheep, hair sheep, and meat goats. Students will critically evaluate genetic, reproductive, nutritional, economic, and management criteria that influence profitability and sustainability of small ruminants as viable agricultural animal enterprises in Pennsylvania, the United States and the world.
Student learning objectives are: a. to describe the global importance of sheep and goat products for the welfare of mankind; b. to develop critical skills in formulating integrated breeding, feeding, and marketing plans for sheep and goats that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable; and c. to develop a knowledge of the genetic diversity and versatility of sheep and goats throughout the world.
Critical thinking, decision-making and oral communication skills of students are evaluated and enhanced in this course. This is accomplished by assigning students production scenarios requiring independent evaluations of genetic, nutritional and marketing plans; the results being presented in both written and oral forms. Additionally, hands-on learning is provided via the laboratories held at the Penn State Sheep Barns operated by the Department of Dairy and Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and in the College's computer laboratories. Student performance will be evaluated via written exams, laboratory reports, and oral presentations to the class.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.