Fall Semester, 2016
Texas A&M University - Kingsville

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Professor: Steven D. Lukefahr

Office: Kleberg BLDG, Room 115 (No appointment necessary; my teaching schedule is posted on my office door, or you may click on this link).

Office Phone/Fax/E-mail: 593-3699/ 593-3788/

Course location: Lectures - Kleberg AG, room 102 (MWF 9:00-9:50) BESB, room 100 (MWF 11:00-11:50)

 Labs - Tuesday 3:00-4:50 (Howe 155);  Wednesday 1:00-2:50 (Kleberg Ag 102); Wednesday 3:00-4:50 (BESB 100).

Catalogue Description: Basic scientific fundamentals of livestock production, including feeding and nutrition, reproductive physiology, selective breeding, health, management, and marketing of major and minor species.

Course Objectives: The student will develop a basic understanding of the role of livestock in agriculture (U.S. and global). The course will introduce basic concepts and principles of animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics, as well as practical commercial applications, such as ration formulation, disease prevention, artificial insemination, genetic selection, and crossbreeding systems. Labs and field trips will provide opportunities to gain practical knowledge and to better understand the lecture material.

Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate by the end of the semester a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of animal science. Student Learning Outcomes include:


To develop a basic understanding of the role of livestock in the global and U.S. animal industries. This objective will be assessed by a quiz and specific questions on the first examination. It is expected that students will score > 70% of the questions correctly.

To apply knowledge and integrate concepts about the science of: animal feeding, growth, health, reproduction, and breeding and genetics, and their practical application. This objective will be assessed by quizzes and specific embedded questions on the second, third, and final examinations. It is expected that students will score > 70% of the questions correctly.

Methods of Evaluation and Grading Procedures: Weekly pop quizzes (10 quizzes each worth 10 points), three one-hour examinations (300 points total), and one final examination (100 points), totaling 500 points. There may or may not be a quiz during the same week that an exam is given. Questions from labs are also on the exams. Quizzes will cover material only since the last quiz or exam from lectures and lab. Students are strongly encouraged to attend class regularly, listen carefully and take good notes, and always be well prepared for quizzes and exams. Do not assume that there will be a curve.

(A = >90%, B = 80-90%, C = 70-80%, D = 60-70%, F = <60%; standard grading scale).

Final Exam Date: MWF 9:00 class - December 7 (Wednesday) Time: 10:40-1:10 (Kleberg Ag 102). MWF 11:00 class - December 7 (Wednesday) Time: 8:00-10:30 (BESB 100).

Methods of Instruction: Lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, slide presentations, videos, field trips, and computer demonstrations.

Required Text: Cunningham, M., Latour, M.A., and D. Acker. 2011. Animal Science and Industry. (7th Ed.). Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ.  A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer. However, be sure when ordering to use this ISBN number: 1-256-17188-3.

Suggested Readings: Any additional reading materials will be made available on reserve at the library and announced in class.

Useful Websites for Study and(or) Research Materials:

bulletBeef Improvement Federation - Manual for national beef herd genetic improvement bulletBreeds of Livestock - Oklahoma State University bulletHeifer International - A private, world hunger organization bulletKing Ranch - The official website of the King Ranch bulletNational Academy Press - Livestock nutrition manuals horizontal rule

Course Topic Outline:

1. Animal Agriculture (Chapter 1)

2. The Animal Industry (Chapter 2)

Exam I

3. Nutrients and their Sources (Chapter 3)

4. The Digestive and Metabolic Systems (Chapter 4)

5. Nutrition of Non-Ruminants (Chapter 5)

6. Nutrition of Ruminants (Chapter 6)

Exam II

7. Animal Growth and Carcass Composition (Chapter 9)

8. Animal Health (Chapter 12)

9. Physiology of Reproduction (Chapter 14)

Exam III

10. Genetics (Chapter 17)

11. Heritability and Genetic Improvement (Chapter 18)

12. Mating Systems (Chapter 20)

Final Exam

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Policies for Attendance, Excused Absences, Make-up Quizzes and Examinations, and Use of Cell Phones:

Regular attendance is required for satisfactory completion of the course. It is the student's full responsibility to obtain information from any missed lecture or lab, whether excused or unexcused. A "Bonus" of 10 points will be awarded to students with a perfect lab attendance record. Extra points are not made available unless to the entire class. There are no make-ups for missed exams or quizzes. For any reason, including if the student is participating in a university- sponsored event, s/he or a family member or friend is expected to contact Dr. Lukefahr BEFORE an exam or quiz is missed (barring medical emergency). Also, the student should confirm the missed quiz or examination with Dr. Lukefahr in person at the next class session and present a printed document to confirm the reason for the absence.

The last day to drop the course with an automatic Q grade is October 27, 2016. This is the student's responsibility to Q the course by this date. No Q's will be issued by the professor after this date.

TURN CELL PHONES OFF WHILE IN CLASS!  Cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom. This is university policy. Cell phone use is a distraction to the student, to others in the classroom who are trying to learn and to the professor who is giving the lecture. The student will have 10 points deducted from their total grade each time they are caught using their personal device. If the problem persists, the student will be reported to the dean of students.

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University Policies


*Six Drop Policy: 

The following provision does not apply to students with Texas public college or university credits prior to Fall 2007. The Texas Senate Bill 1231 specifies the number of course drops allowed to a student without penalty.   After a student has dropped six courses, a grade of QF will normally be recorded for each subsequent drop.  Additional information on Senate Bill 1231 is available at the Registrar’s Office at (361) 593-2811 and at


*Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disability.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early as possible in the term at (361) 593-2904. DRC is located in the Life Service and Wellness building at 1210 Retama Drive.


*Classroom Conduct Expectations Students are referred to the Student Code of Conduct section of the Student Handbook (


Students are expected to assume individual responsibility for maintaining a productive learning environment and conduct themselves with the highest regard for respect and consideration of others. Ongoing or single behaviors considered distracting will be addressed by the faculty member initially, but if the behavior becomes excessive and the student refuses to respond to the faculty member’s efforts, the issue will be referred to the Dean of Students. In the case of serious disruptive behavior in a classroom, the instructor will first request compliance from the student and if the student fails to comply, the instructor has the authority to ask the student to leave the classroom. The student is expected to comply with the instructor’s request and may subsequently contest this action using procedures established by the department. If the student fails to leave after being directed to do so, assistance may be obtained from other university personnel, including the University Police Department. The incident shall be handled as an academic misconduct matter using established departmental procedures for academic misconduct to determine if the student should be allowed to return to the classroom.


*Academic Misconduct 

Students are expected to adhere to the highest academic standards of behavior and personal conduct in this course and all other courses. Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to University disciplinary procedures.  Students are expected to be familiar with the current Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct, which discusses conduct expectations and academic dishonesty rules. 

 Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

1.  Cheating:  deception in which the student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the professor on assignments or examinations.

2.  Aid of academic dishonesty: Intentionally facilitating any act of academic dishonesty.  Tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3.  Fabrication:  use of invented information or falsified research.

4.  Plagiarism:  unacknowledged quotation, and/or paraphrase of someone else’s work, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit.  Failure to identify information or essays from the internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism. Please be aware that the University subscribes to the Turnitin plagiarism detection service. Your paper may be submitted to this service at the discretion of the instructor.

5.  Lying: deliberate falsification with the intent to deceive in written or verbal form as it applies to an academic submission.

6.  Bribery: providing, offering or taking rewards in exchange for a grade, an assignment, or the aid of academic dishonesty.

7.  Threat: an attempt to intimidate a student, staff or faculty member for the purpose of receiving an unearned grade or in an effort to prevent reporting of an Honor Code violation.


Other forms of academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

1.  Failure to follow published departmental guidelines, professor‘s syllabi, and other posted academic policies in place for the orderly and efficient instruction of classes, including laboratories, and use of academic resources or equipment.

2.  Unauthorized possession of examinations, reserved library materials, laboratory materials or other course related materials.

3.  Failure to follow the instructor or proctor‘s test-taking instructions, including but not limited to not setting aside notes, books or study guides while the test is in progress, failing to sit in designated locations and/or leaving the classroom/ test site without permission during a test.

4.  Prevention of the convening, continuation or orderly conduct of any class, lab or class activity. Engaging in conduct that interferes with or disrupts university teaching, research or class activities such as making loud and distracting noises, repeatedly answering cell phones/text messaging or allowing pagers to beep, exhibiting erratic or irrational behavior, persisting in speaking without being recognized, repeatedly leaving and entering the classroom or test site without authorization, and making physical threats or verbal insults to the faculty member, or other students and staff.

5.  Falsification of student transcript or other academic records; or unauthorized access to academic computer records.

6.  Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other university records.

7.  Any action which may be deemed as unprofessional or inappropriate in the professional community of the discipline being studied.



Texas A&M University-Kingsville does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation (or any other illegal basis) and will investigate all complaints that indicate sexual harassment, harassment, or discrimination may have occurred. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are types of sex discrimination. Such sexual misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. A person who believes he/she has been the victim of sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination may pursue either the informal or the formal complaint resolution procedure. A complaint may be initially made to the Office of Compliance at (361) 593-4758, complainant’s immediate supervisor, a department head, a supervisory employee, or the Dean of Students at (361)-593-3606 or the Office of Compliance at (361) 593-4758. Regardless of who the complaint is filed with, the Compliance Office will be notified of the complaint so it can be investigated.

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