Study programme

Pig breeding (176013)

ECTS 6.00
English language R2
E-learning R2
Teaching hours 60
Lectures 32
Practicum 24
Seminar 4
Lecturer
Assist. Prof. Dubravko Škorput, PhD
Grading
Sufficient (2) 60-70%
Good (3) 71-80%
Very good (4) 81-90%
Excellent (5) 91-100%

Course coordinator

Prof. Zoran Luković, PhD
Prof. Zoran Luković, PhD

Course description

Main objective of the course is to introduce students to the basics of pig breeding. In this sense, students will study the pig breeds, basic selection and reproduction, technological processes in the pig production, as well as different pig production systems.

Type of course

General competences

General competences are related to manage the pig production in different production systems.

Types of instruction

  • Auditory Exercises
  • Consultations
  • Field work
  • Lectures
  • Practicum
  • Seminars

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome Evaluation methods
- to explain economical and biological importance of pig production discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- to recognize and describe the most important pig breeds of the world and Croatia discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- to recognize trais in pig selection and methods of their improvement discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- to define parameters of pig reproduction and support them by an example discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- do distinguish pig production systems discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- to compare nutritional requirements of different pig categories discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
- to identify tehcnological, healthy and economic demands in pig production discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam
-to analyse production results and suggest improvements in production system discussion during lessons, written exam, oral exam

Working methods

Teachers' obligations

- teaching according to the curriculum
-organising field work
- monitoring the work of students
- assessment and evaluation of students
- work during the semester trough colloquium and final exam
- quality monitoring to ensure output of competence
- allows contact with students

Students' obligations

Students are required to regularly attend the classes and the attendance is recorded by the professor. For the realization of the professor's signature, students are required to attend at least 80% of lectures and 80% exercises and seminars during the whole semester. If the student is absent from school more than allowed, without reasonable cause, professor's signature will be denied and the student is required to re-enrol the subject in the next academic year. Students are required to attend training courses and seminars, where they are expected to actively engage and participate in the discussion. During the exercises the student is required to pass the colloquium.
For acquiring the final evaluation, students must pass 3 colloquiums during the semester. Students who do not pass the course by the end of the semester are required to take the final exam during the regular examination periods.

Methods of grading

Evaluation elements Maximum points or Share in evaluation Grade rating scale Grade Direct teaching hours Total number of average student workload ECTS
Attending lessons 32 32 1
Seminars 10 4 8 0,5
Attending auditory and practical exercises 16 32 1
Participation in field work Subjective teacher's evaluation 8 8 0,5
Written test I 20 <60%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0 20 0,5
Written test II 30 <60%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0 20 1
Written test III 20 <60%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0 20 0,5
Final exam 20 <60%
60-70%
71-80%
81-90%
91-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0 40 1
Total 100 30 180 6

Weekly class schedule

  1. Basic information about the module (content, literature, way of examination) Pig production in Croatia and in the world
  2. The origin of domestic pig, morphological and physiological changes in the domestication of pigs Pig breeds review (local breeds, modern breeds, hybrid lines)
  3. The inheritance of quantitative and qualitative traits of pigs Generation interval, genetic improvement
  4. Breeding methods, crossbreeding Estimation of breeding values of pigs, pig marking and recording of production indicators
  5. Performance test, progeny test, selection methods Estimation of genetic parameters, pig breeding programmes
  6. The reproductive cycle in pigs, oestrus, boar use Production indicators in pig reproduction
  7. Mating and fertilization, detection of oestrus Artificial insemination of pigs, pregnancy detection
  8. Growth of pigs, sows farrowing, procedures with piglets after birth The causes of embryonic and fetal losses
  9. Milk yield of sows, weaning methods, procedures with gilts and boars The calculation of basic production indicators
  10. Pig feeding pigs by categories Quality of carcasses and pork
  11. Pig production systems (indoor, outdoor, combined) The design of the floor in pig buildings, the microclimate in pig buildings
  12. Field trip on family farms with indoor pig production systems Field trip on family farms with outdoor pig production systems
  13. Using pigs for other purposes (medical research, pets), biotechnology in pig production Behaviour of pigs, assessment of the welfare of pigs
  14. Presentation of the seminars, work with mentor Presentation of the seminars, work with mentor
  15. Colloquium, seminars Debate, oral examination

Obligatory literature

  1. Whitemore, C.T. The sience and practice of pig production, Blackwell science, 1998

Recommended literature

  1. Christiansen, J.P. The basics of Pig production, Danish agricultural advisory center, 2005

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