ANSC 432 Swine Production
Last updated: August 21, 2017
This syllabus is for the benefit of the student and does not constitute a contract. The instructor reserves the right to change the course content or the sequence of instruction.
Principles of efficient pork production, including comparative breed evaluation, breeding, feeding, management, marketing, and business aspects. Problems and practices associated with tropical environment emphasized.
1. Students will integrate and apply scientific principles of genetics, environmental physiology, nutrition, health and reproduction to swine production and management.
2. Students will combine science and practical considerations in describing and comparing swine production systems, including breeding, reproduction, growth, feeding, housing, health, and their relationship to quality pork and profitability.
3. Students will develop a written technical description of a swine production farm. The course is writing intensive.
4. Students will present their swine production plans orally and engage in discussion. The course meets the oral communications requirement.
5. Students will use creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
ANSC 321 Applied Animal Nutrition
ANSC 445 Genetics and Animal Breeding
Fall Semester in Odd Years
Halina M. Zaleski, Ph.D., Extension Specialist in Swine
Office: Ag Sciences 314O
Office hours: by appointment
Brittany Castle, Master's Student
Office: Ag Sciences 302P
Office hours: Monday 1:30-2:30 or by appointment
Lecture: MW 12:30-1:20 pm Ag Sci 220
Lab and Field Trips: W 1:30-4:20 pm Ag Sci 220
Final due: No later than 2:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 15, in laulima drop box
National Pork Board
US Pork Center of Excellence
Pork Information Gateway
National Pork Producers Council
National Agricultural Library
US Farmer and Rancher Alliance
The Pig Site
Swine Health Information Center
Swine Care Handbook
Written Project 35% Grading criteria
Team Evaluations 10% Grading Criteria and Form
Weekly Journals 5%
Farmer Interviews 5% Graded by the farmer
Class Oral Presentations 30% Grading criteria
Discussion 10% Grading criteria
Final Exam 5% Grading criteria
Guidelines for Assignments:
Handing in assignments: Assignments are to uploaded in laulima on the due date. Attachments, such as diagrams, can be handed in as hard copy on the due date.
Policy on late assignments: For each day that each assignment, including drafts, is late, 1% will be subtracted from the final grade.
Students are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code. All work produced, including drafts, final copies and any other work, must be the student's own original work.
Student Lab Safety: For all field labs students should wear closed shoes and long pants. Avoid loose or dangling clothing or jewelry. Students should be sure to thoroughly wash their hands after handling animals. We will be visiting commercial sites that are not open to the public, so students need to take responsibility for being aware of potential dangers (e.g. slippery floors) and for taking appropriate care to avoid problems. The Assumption of Risk and Release must be turned in before participating in any field labs.
Biosecurity and Farm Safety: To protect the pig farms, all field trip participants must have no contact with any pigs for 24 hours before a field trip, and all clothing, jewelry and footwear must be thoroughly cleaned between farm visits. Disposable plastic overshoes will be provided to help protect the pig farms from any disease organisms that might be transmitted by class members.
Confidentiality: Farmers have agreed to allow students to visit their farms and to share detailed information about their farming operations. Students must ask permission before taking any photographs or video. All information obtained on the farms or about the farms in class is strictly confidential and is not to be shared with anyone outside the class without the written permission of the farmer. The Confidentiality Agreement must be signed before visiting any pig farms.