2023-2024 / ANIM0019-1

Current issues in breeding systems


5h Th, 31h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Yves Beckers


Yves Beckers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is intended to study through practical and field activities a topic concerning the production, the feeding and nutrition of livestock. As examples, some activities carried out in previous years:

- Participation in an experiment conducted in the context of animal research in the laboratory,

- The determination of biomarkers of intestinal health in pork or poultry,

- Propose rations for cattle for increasing feed autonomy in farms.



Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims to teach you how to use your knowledge to solve a problem in the field of animal production using methods such as animal experimentation, data analysis and interpretation, the synthesis of information so as to obtain correct conclusions to a scientific hypothesis or a question on the field.

At the end of the course, the student will have the skills to :

  • Formulate and solve problems in the field of animal nutrition and production
  • Critically evaluate data and draw scientific conclusions;
  • To work effectively within a group.
This course contributes to the acquisition of the skills listed below

  • Diagnose an agronomic process in technical terms
  • Adapt an experimental protocol or a sampling plan on the basis of a given hypothesis and interpret the results
  • To develop an experimental plan or a sampling plan based on a hypothesis formulated, and to interpret the results (a certifying evaluation)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The prerequisites listed below are advantageous but are not mandatory!

ANIM0018-1 - Bromatologie et culture fourragère

ANIM0029-1 - Fondements et dynamiques des systèmes d'élevage

ANIM0025-1 - Pratique de l'alimentation de la vache laitière

ANIM0017-1 - Aspects biotechniques des systèmes d'élevage

BIOL2018-1 - Nutrition animale

ANIM0011-3 - Functional biochemistry in health and disease

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures : 6 h
Practical works : 42 h

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face, group and field works

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus, copy of slides, an updated list of reference books are made available on the E-Campus site.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Group report (50%) Oral exam (50%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The written reports must be sent via email at latest on the last day of the lecturer period in December of the academic year. Late reports will not be considered and an absence mark will automatically be given.


Beckers Yves
081/62-21-19 Yves.Beckers@uliege.be
Precision  Livestock and Nutrition - GxABT Passage des Déportés, 2 B-5030 Gembloux 081/62-21-19

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