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Spring 2024
Apr 18, 2024
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SFS 31400 - Comparative Livestock Production Systems
Credit Hours: 1.00. This course will compare and contrast the various livestock and poultry systems in the United States. The course will begin with in depth analysis of the history and structure of prevalent or conventional livestock and poultry production systems followed by a similar analysis of the various alternative production systems currently in use in the US, including organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised among others. A heavy focus will be placed on critically evaluating the pros and cons of each system, regulations of both conventional and process-verified systems and potential differences in products resulting from different management and processing systems.
1.000 Credit hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture

Offered By: College of Agriculture
Department: Hort & Landscape Architecture

Course Attributes:
Upper Division

May be offered at any of the following campuses:     
      West Lafayette

Learning Outcomes: 1. Understand the structure of conventional livestock and poultry production systems in the US. 2. Understand the alternative livestock and poultry production systems prevalent in the US. 3. Know how each system is regulated including the various process verified systems. 4. Know how different management and processing systems do or do not impact final product qualities. 5. Be able to critically evaluate and compare the benefits and challenges inherent in different production systems.

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