The overall intent of the Biology of Animal Production I with Laboratory (AN_SCI 1165) course, taught by Hannah Twenter, an instructor of animal sciences, is to provide an introduction to modern livestock production systems with emphasis on fundamental biological principles and their application in management of production animals.
Key disciplines of the course include genetics, nutrition, reproduction, physiology, health and behavior.
The laboratory section of the course provides hands-on experience with livestock.
Students often have to work together to solve problems during the course, such as how to herd cattle into a different pen.
Students in the course get an up-close look at cattle, learning how to herd them to study.
Some of the hands-on learning opportunities featured in the course include moving cattle through a chute to complete various tasks.
The animal sciences degree program focuses on whole-animal biology, applying the latest in genetics, computational biology, physiology, nutrition and meat science to livestock production, animal health and human nutrition through cutting-edge research and direct application of new knowledge.
The hands-on learning opportunities also extend to the mechanical equipment. Students learn how to operate a cattle chute that allows cattle to be worked with more closely.
The Division of Animal Sciences has beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and equine farms and a meats lab within 12 miles of the Mizzou campus, which allows these farms and facilities to be heavily utilized in the teaching program. Students often work at the Beef Research and Teaching Farm at South Farm, part of the Central Missouri REEC.