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Cattle Production Management

Course Descriptions


Animal Anatomy and Physiology
This course introduces the students to links between animal anatomy and physiology and animal production. At the end of this course, students will be able to: determine the stage of development of an animal, establish links between the organs of an anatomic system, establish links between the various physiological functions of an animal, associate a physiological change to an animal behaviour, evaluate the state of development of an animal, and evaluate the effect of the environment on the physiological functions of an animal.


Animal Feeding
In this course, students learn how to establish links between animal feeding and animal production. At the end of this course, students will be able to: determine the physical and chemical characteristics of feed, associate feed to various types of livestock, and foresee the results feed will have on the development, production, behaviour and health of animals.


Care of a Beef Cattle Herd
In this course, students learn how to establish links between animal feeding and animal production and how to apply programs specific to animal production. At the end of this course, students will be able to: foresee the results feed will have on the development, production, behaviour and health of animals, evaluate the general condition of the herd, plan the work, prepare the material and equipment, give routine care to animals, feed animals, ensure reproduction of the herd, prepare animals for selling, evaluate the quality of the work done, and, record information in registers.


Soil Fertilization & Enrichment - P.A.E.F.
In this course, students learn how to associate bioproductive and soil enrichment processes to cultivation practices and how to choose agri-environmental fertilization strategies. At the end of the course, students will be able to: determine soil fertility, establish links between soil properties and fertility, foresee effect of fertilizer and enrichment on soils and crops, determine a crop rotation strategy, determine manure and mineral fertilization management strategies, and, determine soil and water management strategies.


Plant Anatomy and Physiology
In this course, students learn how to establish links between plant anatomy and physiology and their cultivation. At the end of the course, students will be able to: determine the development stage of a plant, establish links between the physiological functions of a plant, establish links between the growth of a plant, the edaphic and climatic requirements and the cultivation practices, and, evaluate the developmental stage of a plant.


Budget and Financing of an Agricultural Enterprise
In this course, students learn how to control operating results in line with budget estimates. At the end of the course, students will be able to: analyze the operating results of an enterprise, prepare budget estimates, and, control discrepancies between budget estimates and results obtained.


Planning Herd Improvement
In this course, students learn how to establish links between the genetic improvement of a herd and animal production. At the end of the course, students will be able to: establish the genetic relationship between the individual animals of a herd, assess the effects of heredity and of the environment on the characteristics, and, anticipate the results of cross-breeding.


Layout of the Farm Infrastructure
In this course, students learn how to plan the farm buildings, farmyard and land layout. At the end of the course, students will be able to: assess the situation of the enterprise, determine the needs of the enterprise, choose property development plans, check the plans, and, plan the execution of the project.


Development of a Livestock Program
In this course, students learn how to develop livestock production programs. At the end of the course, students will be able to: assess the current state of the herd, determine objectives related to feeding, health and hygiene and improvement of the herd, choose feeding, health and hygiene and herd improvement strategies, structure programs, and, validate programs.


Methods to Improve the Efficiency of Beef Cattle Production
In this course, students learn how to choose enterprise-specific methods of improving the efficiency of cattle production. At the end of the course, students will be able to: identify the contribution of training in improving the efficiency of cattle production, describe the techno-economic criteria as well as means for improving them, determine the influence of: forage quality, animal breeding, herd management, work and marketing on the efficiency of the enterprise, develop a criteria improvement strategy: gross profit per cow and gross profit per UWP.


Analysis of the Techno-Economic and Financial Situation
In this course, students learn how to analyze the techno-economic and financial situation of an agricultural enterprise. At the end of the course, students will be able to: make up a balance sheet for the market value of a farm enterprise, calculate and interpret the results of the main farm management tools (financial ratios, production cost, break-even point, amplitude coefficients for the revenue from sales and the cost of sales, techno-economic criteria, the effectiveness chart, ability to repay, and other tools), and, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the enterprise.


Planning the Development of the Enterprise
In this course, students learn how to plan the development of an agricultural enterprise and organize a beef cattle marketing program At the end of the course, students will be able to: establish the main objectives linked to the development of the enterprise, produce and interpret the results of a tri-annual investment program for the development of an enterprise, explain the principal factors influencing the cattle production industry, describe the main purchasing habits of Quebec consumers with respect to meat, define the marketing objectives of the agricultural products of an enterprise, structure the marketing program of agricultural products, choose objective verification and evaluation measures.


Economy and Marketing
In this course, students explore the principal factors influencing the beef industry, study purchasing habits of Quebec consumers, and utilize trends in product pricing. Defining objectives and strategies enable students to develop a fully functional marketing plan for their farm business.


Development of a Crop Pesticide Program
In this course, students learn how to develop a crop program. At the end of the course, students will be able to assess the current state of fields, determine pesticide needs, and safely utilize chemicals in their fields. Determination of production targets, strategy selections, and structuring a realistic crop program provide students with the skills to validate a crop plan.


Computer Science and the Farm
In this course, students learn how to use computer applications in farm management. At the end of the course, students will be able to: identify the main types of computers and their peripheral devices, make applications with the operating system of a micro-computer, prepare the organizational specifications for a computer environment on the farm, use general application software: spreadsheet, word processing,, Internet surfing, electronic mail, identify main software for farm use, associate main software for agricultural use with their utilization in the enterprise.