Course code HFX132

HFX132 Livestock Biology

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Course responsible: Judit Banfine Vas
Teachers: Bjørg Heringstad, Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2019H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course consists of three parts, breeding/genetics, nutrition, and ethology. Each part is taught for 4-5 weeks and during the course students are working in groups on an interdisciplinary project. Students choose the topic of their project ad it should focus on a current issue related to animal biology. 
Learning outcome:


Breeding/genetics (responsible Odd Vangen)

  • Understand the principles of animal breeding 
  • Know the basics of breeding theory and methods for selection animals for breeding 
  • Know practical breeding and conservation

Nutrition (responsible: Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen)

  • Understand the major differences in nutrient content of common feedstuffs
  • Understand similarities and differences between the gastrointestinal tract of different animals
  • Understand similarities and differences between digestion of feeds in different animals 
  • Understand why nutrients and the digestive tract influences the energy value of different feedstuffs

Ethology (responsible: Judit Vas)

  • Understand the most important theory and definitions related to ethology
  • Understanding the basics of evolution and behaviour, social, development of behaviour, learning and memory, motivation and animals choices, signals and communication and emotions
  • Understand the interaction basic behaviour of animals in relation to production and welfare 


  • The student can identify and describe an interdisciplinary challenged within animal science and use the right thermology within breeding/genetics, nutrition and ethology


  • The student can use knowledge and skills in dissemination and discussions within topics related to animal science at professional and nuanced level
  • The student can make a project according to university standards
Learning activities:
Lectures, summaries/discussions, exercises, demos, and group work
Teaching support:
Course responsible can be contacted on email. Relevant literature for all topics will be available on Canvas

Breeding/genetics:  Relevant literature for all topics will be available on Canvas

Nutrition: «Fôringslære» (2007), Torger Gjefsen and PowerPoints ("Animal Nutrition", McDonald et al, 2011 (7th edition) will be used later in the education and it can be used as supplementary literature)

Ethology: An introduction to animal behaviour, Aubrey Manning and Marian Stamp Dawkins

Recommended prerequisites:
HFX131 or HFX130A
Mandatory activity:
Students are working in groups of 4-5 on an interdisciplinary project. Students choose the topic of their project ad it should focus on a current issue related to livestock biology. The project should be presented and evaluate by fellow students and teachers in the course.

3 hours written exam. Mark A-F.

The exam covers the three topics breeding/genetics, nutrition, and ethology. 

All three topics need to be passed to pass the course.

Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
External censor
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F