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Butler Community College
Cindy Sundgren
 
Spring 1990
Business, Technology and Workforce Development
Textbook Update Spring 2012

Equine Production

Course Outline

COURSE DESCRIPTION

AG 247. Equine Production, 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: AG 245. This course is designed to expand on Equine Management specifically in the area of reproduction. Topics covered include: genetics, selection characteristics, selection methods, stallion management, broodmare management, foal management and foal development.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

Brinsko, S., Manual of Equine Production., C.V. Mosley Co.

COURES OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe breed improvements through applied genetics.
  2. Explain the importance and necessity of proper stallion and broodmare management.
  3. Describe foaling procedures and management of the foal through the first year of life.

TOPICAL OUTLINE OF UNIT:

Unit 1: Genetics and Selection

  1. Important selection characteristics
  2. Basic genetics (cell genetics)
  3. Population genetics
  4. Breed improvements through applied genetics (selection methods)
  5. Genetics of coat, color, gaits
  6. Inherited abnormalities

Unit 2: Reproduction Management

  1. Breeding facilities
  2. Records
  3. Breeding farm economics
  4. Stallion reproductive system
  5. Stallion management and semen evaluation
  6. Mare reproduction system
  7. Broodmare management and heat detection
  8. Breeding methods and procedures

Unit 3: Foal Development and Management

  1. Gestation
  2. Foaling
  3. Lactation
  4. Foal Management
  5. The foal’s first year

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:

Lecture and discussion along with demonstration of breeding methods.

METHODS OF EVALUATION:

  1. Tests
  2. Quizzed
  3. Class participation

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