In this course, students gain knowledge on breeding planning concepts and cycles as well as on definition of breeding goals. They know the gene flow method as basis for calculating genetic gain in breeding goal traits. Based on recommended literature and invited lectures by external breeding experts, students are able to analyze European breeding strategies for practicability and applicability in developing countries of sub-/tropical regions. They elaborate and present the application of breeding methods by selected case studies, and thereby gain an understanding of differences of the suitability of breeding methods for different livestock species. By active studying, skills to use planning approaches for pure- and crossbreeding programs in a production system context are acquired. International case studies (livestock species) are selected based on students’ preferences.

Im Sommersemester 2022 umfasst das Labormodul H49 zwei Teile - die Feldübungen finden am letzten Wochenende im Juni 2022 und am ersten Wochenende im Juli statt (an insgesamt zwei ganzen Tagen), und die Laborwoche ist vom 25.07.2022 bis 29.07.2022 angesetzt, täglich von 8:30 bis 17:00 Uhr (je nach Gruppe auch mal früher).
Wir werden uns vor allem mit der Qualität von Futterpflanzen beschäftigen.

PLEASE NOTE: the first lecture in this course takes place on 20.04.2022 (no lecture on 13.04.2022).

This module analyses the positive and negative impacts of livestock and livestock management on natural resources (soil, vegetation, biodiversity, atmosphere), specifically under (sub)tropical conditions, at the plot to the watershed scale.

It discusses options for sustainable livestock-based land use, thereby building upon the beneficial interactions of animals with soil and plants. Management options for reducing negative environmental effects of livestock (greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient overload of soils and waters, land degradation) are highlighted, and possibilities for consolidating the activities of livestock keepers with international conventions of environmental protection are discussed.

The students are further introduced, through in-class lectures, own reading, group work and practical field tests, to quantitative and qualitative research methods that are used in studies of animal-environment interactions, and will be enabled to judge their advantages and disadvantages.