751-6243-00L  Breeding and Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersH. Signer-Hasler, C. Flury, S. Neuenschwander
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


751-6243-00 VZüchtung und Erhaltung tiergenetischer Ressourcen
Die Lehrveranstaltung besteht aus regelmässigen LV in der ersten Semesterhälfte und aus einem Blockkurs am 25. und 26. Januar 2024
2 hrs
Mon/114:15-16:00NO E 39 »
25.01. - 26.01.08:15-18:00LFW C 4 »
H. Signer-Hasler, C. Flury, S. Neuenschwander

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AbstractAnimal genetic resources refer to the genetic and species diversity of livestock. Only a few production breeds have been further developed through breeding, while local breeds have no longer been able to survive in this competition. Without the support of endangered breeds and the sustainable breeding of productive breeds, many regionally typical breeds are threatened with extinction.
ObjectiveLearning Objectives: Part 1:
At the end of the course, students are able to assess the importance and problems of small ruminant breeding and husbandry in Switzerland and neighbouring countries. They know the most important breeding objectives and are able to assess them in terms of production and sustainable development in small ruminants and cattle.

Learning objectives part 2:

The second part gives an overview of the distribution, endangerment and conservation of breed diversity of farm animals in Switzerland and internationally. The theory is illustrated with numerous examples and the knowledge is deepened in exercises.

The students:
- have an overview of the national and international distribution of animal genetic resources and are familiar with the database DAD-IS (Domestic Animal Diversity Information System).
- can name the national and international efforts to conserve agricultural livestock breeds.
- know how to describe genetic diversity.
- can point out what is important in the management of small populations.
- can describe different conservation measures, especially in situ and ex situ conservation.
- can describe current national and international conservation programmes for different livestock breeds.
Prerequisites / NoticeExamination:
Examination Part 1: Graded written examination (1 hour) on the material covered.
Examination Part 2: Graded semester performance completed during the block course.
Parts 1 and 2 contribute equally to the final grade.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersH. Signer-Hasler, C. Flury, S. Neuenschwander
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Agricultural Sciences MasterAnimal SciencesW+Information
Agricultural Sciences MasterLivestock GeneticsW+Information