Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. have the basic knowledge on the breeding systems of farm animals .
2. have the basic knowledge about the reproductive system of farm animals.
2. recognize themost important farm animal breeds
Course Content (Syllabus)
Livestock breeding in Greece and other countries. Sectors of animal production (importance, forms and breeding systems). Basis of Genetic variation and improvement, management and conservation of livestock. Brief description of the anatomy of the female and male reproductive system. Principles knowledge of the physiology of reproduction (characteristics of the reproductive cycles, puberty - estrous cycle - estrous - ovulation - hormones involved in reproduction). Seasonality of reproduction. Fertilization, pregnancy, parturition. Reproduction of sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, horses. Reproductive traits of the major livestock breeds.