Livestock Technology - (15 credits)

Ensuring global food security is one of the most significant challenges to national and international policy makers. At the same time there is increasing scrutiny of livestock production systems from consumers and those involved in the supply chain. Future developments in livestock technology will improve the efficiency of sustainable and regenerative food production whilst enhancing animal welfare and environmental standards. Scientific and technological developments in livestock farming offer potential ways to optimise output through improved monitoring of the inputs to farming systems (e.g., diets and farm environments), the individual animal (e.g., health and welfare) and environmental impact (e.g., water pollution, greenhouse gases and carbon capture). Hardware is not the only component on the farm for consideration; communications technology including Knowledge Exchange and digital platforms are essential for developing future farming systems. This module will encourage students to develop the skills to evaluate new technologies. They will gain experience of conducting farm-level consultancy based on analysis of real data and a critical understanding of the application of scientific principles.