II. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Internal parasites, toxicology, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system of domestic animals, sire management and breeding soundness evaluation, cow/ewe management, calving/lambing management, heifer/ewe lamb management, and diseases that affect fertility and reproduction.
In a course of this nature it is imperative that the student have an agricultural background. They must make arrangements for a personal interview with the director or assistant director of the program. The interview must be requested and completed between January 15 and May 1 for the class starting the following fall semester.
IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Student awareness of the many aspects of Animal Health and Reproduction with a practical and financially feasible objective in mind.
* Become familiar with specific internal parasites and their life cycles.
* Become familiar with anthelmintics and control of internal parasites.
* Identification of specific toxic plants, their toxic principals, symptoms of toxicity, and treatment and prevention of poisoning.
* Understanding of the female and male reproductive systems and cycles, and the hormones that govern these.
* Understanding of the periods of gestation and stages of parturition.
* Indications of calving difficulty and procedures for assistance.
* Conduct breeding soundness examination on bull and/or ram.
* Become familiar with specific reproductive diseases that effect cattle and sheep, their causative agents, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
* Management of the cow and ewe herd for improved reproduction.
* Develop a herd health plan.
V. INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES
1. Comments on and explanation of the topic under consideration.
2. Exploring all aspects pertaining to economics and practicality.
1. Visiting several ranches and feedyards within a 200-mile radius of
2. Guest speakers from the Industry pertaining to all aspects listed in the Course Description.
3. One week artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis school conducted by American Breeders Service and Texas Agriculture Extension Service.
4. Additional exposure to pregnancy diagnosis when opportunity is available.
C. Individual guidance on assignments.
D. Discussion and questions.
VI. INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA:
A. Overhead projection
C. Slide projector
E. Networked computers (1 per student)
F. Guest Speakers
G. Field trips
VII. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:
IX. GRADING SYSTEM:
Mr. Laban W. Tubbs
Office # (806) 874-3571 ext. 143
Home # (806) 874-2486