Undergraduate Courses

Farm Productivity and Analysis in the Animal Sciences 
11:067:406
(3 Credits)


Normally Offered:
Each Spring semester by Dr. Michael Westendorf.

Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: The prerequisites are Animal Nutrition and the lab, (11:067:330-331); and at least two courses in livestock production (eg. 11:067:335-338) and business (macro-, microeconomics). This course is approved as a case course.

Format: Lecture and field trips. Class meets weekly (Friday), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hours. Course consists of a combination of lecture and field trips.

Description: Students will evaluate livestock farms and other animal enterprises and make recommendations about all aspects of animal management. This will happen in class through the use of case studies and other exercises. It will also include on-farm visits, problem solving, diagnostic analysis and the development of management recommendations for producers. Students will gain practical experience both in the classroom and on the farm in diagnostic, problem solving and analysis of livestock farms. This will require students to incorporate and synthesize material from previous courses. Students will also have the opportunity to work directly with Extension Professionals for part of this course.

Examinations: A final comprehensive examination will be given. This will be a practical, problem-solving examination including case studies for analysis.

Other Requirements: Grading will consist of a combination of homework assignments (case studies to be written up or critiqued) and a term paper about a contemporary problem in animal agriculture. The instructor makes frequent use of e-mail for communicating with students about assignments and field trips.

Syllabus (may be subject to change)

Additional Information: Contact Dr. Westendorf (Rm 213 Bartlett, phone 732-932-9408, email westendorf@aesop.rutgers.edu).


  1. Rutgers
  2. New Brunswick
Department of Anmial Sciences