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Agroecosystem Science Master Information
Majors According
Major in Animal Science
Disciplinary Competences
Ruminant Science
751-6502-00LRuminant Science (FS) Information W+4 credits4GM. Kreuzer, M. C. Härdi-Landerer, S. Marquardt, S. Neuenschwander, C. Soliva
AbstractThe course provides the scientific basis of the central aspects in ruminants of cattle, sheep and goat breeding, diseases and the interrelationship of animal nutrition and environment. Aspects of organic farming and tropical livestock systems form part of the course. Means of knowledge transfer include interdisciplinary approaches, disciplinary parts, web-based learning and self-study.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course the students are able to apply, by a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanisms, their knowledge in various fields of ruminant science. They will be able to develop and recommend best strategies for large and small ruminant breeding, for sustained animal health and disease prophylaxis, for environmentally friendly animal nutrition etc. They will be trained to carry out interdisciplinary and disciplinary research at the highest level. The course Ruminant Science (HS) offered in autumn has a similar structure but is complementary to this course.
ContentFields (contact hours)
- Introduction
- Interdisciplinary topics: 12 h
- Organic Ruminant Systems
- Tropical Ruminant Systems
- Mastitis
- Disciplinary topics: 36 h
- Cattle, Sheep and Goat Breeding: 12 h
- Ruminant Diseases and Prophylaxis: 12 h
- Ruminant Nutrition and the Environment (incl. general introduction): 12 h
- Lectures held by the students: 4 h
In summary
- Contact hours: 52 h
- Self-study within semester: 30 h (especially preparation for the interdisciplinary courses and the own lecture)
- Self-study in semester break: 38 h
Total: 120 h
Lecture notesDocumentations, links and other materials will be provided at the start of the course.
LiteratureInformation on books and other references will be communicated during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe specialty of this course is that for the first time the animal science disciplines are unified. This is realised with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary focal areas and new forms of teaching. At the same time the essential basics in the central fields are communicated.

The field of Ruminant Science will also be a part of the spring semester (planned interdisciplinary topics: Lameness, Fertility in Cows, Food Intake; disciplinary courses: Animal Husbandry, Ruminant Reproduction, Nutrition Physiology in Ruminants). However both courses are organized independently.

Conditions for successful participation: Background on animal science from the Bachelor is desired. In order to attend the Minor in Ruminant Science without any animal science background, 2 credit units are reserved for an initial self-study of the basics necessary to successfully pass the minor. A realistic self-assessment concerning the need for additional self-study is recommended for students which focused on Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Bachelor of Agricultural Science ETH. This necessary effort depends on the extent to which animal science courses have been already attended in the BSc.

The control of performance will consist of:
- an own lecture
- an interdisciplinary final oral examination with focus on comprehension of the fundamental linkages rather than of specific details
Non-Ruminant Science
751-6602-00LPig Science (FS)W+3 credits2GG. Bee, E. Hillmann, S. Neuenschwander
AbstractThe overall goal of the course is to provide the essential scientific knowledge of the genetic, physiological, behavioural and special nutritional aspects of pigs metabolism, health and diseases, and of the implications for product quality and economics.
ObjectiveStudents will
- understand the complex interactions of nutrition, quality traits of products, breeding and reproduction, health management and husbandry as well as various production systems including economics.
- be able to critically analyze published research data.
- be able to present precise scientific reports in oral form.
ContentAfter the Introduction (Aims of the course, organisation, program, student contribution & evaluation), actual topics that are relevant for pig production will be presented:
Nutrition; SGD; Breeding; Slaughtering; Economic Aspects; Meat Quality; presentation of Current Dissertations.
Lecture notesHandouts/scripts are being individually distributed by the the lecturers.
LiteratureSpecific literature is being indicated individually by the lecturers.
751-6802-00LPoultry ScienceW+2 credits1GR. Messikommer, R. Zweifel
AbstractThe overall goal of the course is to provide the essential scientific knowledge of the genetic, physiological and special nutritional aspects of poultry's metabolism, animal health and diseases, and of the implications for environment, product quality, housing and animal welfare, and breeding programs.
ObjectiveStudents will
- understand the complex interactions of nutrition, quality traits of products, breeding and reproduction, health management, diseases and husbandry as well as various production systems including environmental aspects and sustainable resource use.
- be trained to carry out interdisciplinary and disciplinary research at the highest level.
- be able to critically analyze published research data.
- be able to present precise scientific reports in oral and written form.
ContentAfter an introduction, the nutrition and health/diseases (2x2h each) are discussed.
In addition to the lectures held at the ETH, there are two days external courses at the Aviforum in Zollikofen (held by Aviforum and BVET). In this two days, relevant topics important for poultry science/production are discussed:

- Introduction, development and impact of the poultry production (egg & meat, national & international), organization and division of work, importance of the wholesale merchants;
- Poultry: production systems, Good Manufacturing Practice
- Egg production: sorting, handling and storage, product quality, foodstuff legislation, production scheduling and economics.
- Genetics: breeds, gene reservoirs, hybrid breeding, organizations and hybrids
- Hygiene: concept and needs, assessment
- Actual experiments (hens and broiler): practical training (exterior and performance test, assessment of husbandry).

- Origin of the chicken and its original habitat, wood hen -> requirements for livestock husbandry, anatomy and normal behavior, development of alternatives
- Animal welfare aspects of poultry production.
Lecture notesHandouts/scripts are being individually distributed by the lecturers.
LiteratureSpecific literature is being indicated individually by the lecturers.
Livestock in the World Food System
751-7702-00LTropical Animal Genetics and BreedingW+1 credit1VM. Goe
AbstractThe course provides an overview on animal breeding and genetics in the tropics with focus on livestock production in low-input farming systems. Topics covered include elements of different types of breeding programmes and the management and conservation of animal genetic resources.
ObjectiveLectures and independent exercises allow students to gain a general understanding of animal genetics and breeding in the tropics.
Lecture notesHandouts will be provided at the beginning of the course. Selected books and other references will be communicated as needed during the course.
752-2302-00LMilk Science Information W+1 credit1VJ. Berard, C. Lacroix, L. Meile
AbstractThe course provides information on synthesis and composition of milk, and the effects of various factors. Furthermore, specific hygienic and microbial problems of milk and fermented milk products, as well as basics on processing of milk into dairy products will be presented and discussed. The course is conceptually oriented towards the agri-food chain.
ObjectiveStudents attending this course get a comprehensive overview on milk and important milk products both from an agricultural and a food science perspective. In this way they earn competence at this borderline which is a pre-requisite for an efficient collaboration between milk producers, processors and consumers.
ContentTopics (contact hours)
- Milk synthesis and composition (Michael Kreuzer): 4 h
- Hygienic aspects of milk and milk products (Leo Meile): 6 h
- Milk processing (Christophe Lacroix): 4 h
Total contact hours: 14 h
Self-study within semester: 16 h (especially preparation for the examination)
Lecture notesDocumentations, links and other materials will be provided by each lecturer at the start of his part of the course. Additionally, an extensive German documentation for the part of M. Kreuzer can be downloaded via Moodle in "Kurs Nutztierwissenschaften". The access code will be communicated by e-mail.
LiteratureInformation on books and other references will be communicated during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeA special point for this course is that it is taught by professors from food and agricultural sciences and is aimed to integrate both fields and provide a clear illustration of this important duality for the production of high quality, and safe dairy food.

This course is a core element of the Minor in Food Quality and Safety for students of the Master in Agroecosystem Science. It is optional (i) in the Major of Animal Science, (ii) for students selecting Majors in Crop Science or Food & Resource Economics. No specific qualification is demanded to attend the course.

Performance control is done by a final written examination of 60 min duration of the open-books type (all paper files can be brought and used).
752-5106-00LMeat Technology Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: successful participation in "Quality of Products of Animal Origin" (751-7800-00L, take place in FS).
W+1 credit1GD. Suter, M. Kreuzer
AbstractThe understanding of procedures and quality requirements in meat production and processing is the focus of this course. The basis for that is a modern meat technology at all steps of processing. In the form of a block course these procedures are demonstrated in practice, while the corresponding theoretical background is taught by accompanying lectures.
ObjectiveThe course in meat technology shall give in a reality-near manner an insight into meat production and processing, cover theoretical and practical aspects, and provide knowledge of the versatile aspects of meat hygiene and meat technology. The language used in this MSc course is German.
ContentBlockkurs Fleischtechnologie
- Vorlesungen: Einführung in die Fleischwirtschaft und Schlachtviehvermarktung (Landesversorgung, Marktgeschehen, Organisationen, Preis- und Qualitätsmerkmale). Technik und Hygiene des Schlachtvorganges (Geflügel, Schweine, Grossvieh). Fleischqualität und Fleischwarensorten. Fleisch- und Fleischwarentechnologien (Handwerk und Industrie). Aspekte der Fleisch- und Fleischwaren - Mikrobiologie und -Hygiene. Fleischchemie. Molekularbiologische Aspekte (Tierartbestimmung, BSE). Gesetzgebung und Produktehaftpflicht im Bereich Fleisch und Fleischwaren.
- Praktische Uebungen: Kalbs- und Schweine-Zerlegung. Stückbenennung und -verwendung. Herstellung verschiedener Fleischwaren.
- Exkursion: Besuch eines Grossbetriebs mit Schweineschlachtung und Produktion sowie eines Geflügelschlachthofes unter fachlicher Leitung.
Lecture notesVorhanden, wird stundenweise verteilt.
LiteratureFleisch, Technologie und Hygiene der Gewinnung und Verarbeitung; Verlag Eugen Ulmer 1988. ISBN 3-8001-2135-2
Fleischtechnologie; Behr's Verlag1996 ISBN 3-86022-188-4
Prerequisites / NoticeBesonderes zum Besuch der Veranstaltungsteile der Lerneinheit „Fleischtechnologie“:

Die Lehrveranstaltung „Qualität tierischer Produkte“ ist Voraussetzung für die Belegung des Blockkurses.

- Der Blockkurs Fleischtechnologie findet in Spiez (Ausbildungszenter für die Schweizer Fleischwirtschaft) und in Courtepin nach Ende des Frühjahrssemester statt.
Animal Health and Genetics
751-6212-00LGenetic Evaluation of LifestockW+1 credit1GC.  Baes
AbstractMethods for practical genetic evaluation in livestock populations are presentend and applied in assignments using small numerical examples. Applications in practical pig and cattle breeding are dealt with in guest lectures.
ObjectiveThe students know the most important methods used for genetic evaulation in livestock populations. They are able to apply these methods to simple examples.
Content- Selection index and BLUP
- The BLUP Multitrait Animal Model
- Genetic evaulation using maternal effekts
- Random Regression and the test day model
- Guest lectures on practical applications of genetic evaluation in pigs and cattle.
Lecture notesCopies of the slides are available on the net.
LiteratureTo be announced in the lectures.
751-6111-00LPhysiology and Pathophysiology in Selected Organ Systems
Does not take place this semester.
W+2 credits1VS. E. Ulbrich
AbstractThe course procures detailed understanding on the development of diseases and their impact on the apparatus. The focus is on the understanding of mechanism and their variations, which compared to normality, lead to restrictions and diseases.
ObjectiveAm Ende dieser Lehrveranstaltung sind die Studierenden in der Lage, Zusammenhänge zwischen Krankheiten, ihren Uraschen, Symptomen und Auswirkungen zu erkennen und verstehen. Sie sind befähigt, dieses Wissen auf neue, ihnen unbekannte Krankheiten zu Übertragen und Folgerungen für Therapie und Prophylaxe zu ziehen.
751-7406-00LCurrent Problems of Herd Health and ManagementW+1 credit1SM. C. Härdi-Landerer
AbstractCurrent problems of animal health and husbandry with a view to latest scientific findings, statutory aspects and evolutions in practice.
ObjectiveThe students are informed about current problems. They know how to acquire information independently and to discuss a predefined topic well informed
751-6220-00LFuntional Genomics in Livestock PhysiologyW2 credits2GS. E. Ulbrich, S. Bauersachs
AbstractFundamentals in functional genome analysis will be teached in this interactive lecture and the practical part. The topics will include the areas transcriptomics, proteomics, and epigenetics, and their impact on research in domestic animals.
ObjectiveThe conveyed knowledge shall enable the students to recognize the potential impact of omics technologies on the research in the context of animal physiology and genetics as well as on future animal production. Recently published studies in the field of reproductive biology will be discussed with regard to agricultural sciences.
ContentA main focus of this lecture and the corresponding practical course will be on next-generation sequencing technologies, e.g., RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq), small RNA-Seq, as well as methyl-Seq und ChIP-Seq. In proteomics, methodological basics will be given, such as 2D gel-based and mass spectrometry approaches. An important point of the lecture and the subsequent practical course will be the bioinformatics data analysis. Fundamental principles and strategies for the analysis of genomics data will be discussed and basic bioinformatics analyses will be performed.
LiteratureA selection of review articles will be provided at the beginning oft he lecture series.
Prerequisites / NoticeBasics in molecular biology
751-6122-00LPhysiology of LactationW2 credits2GS. E. Ulbrich, R. Bruckmaier
AbstractIm Rahmen der Lehrveranstaltung Laktationsphysiologie lernen die Studierenden die detaillierten Vorgänge kennen, die zur Milchbildung und Milchabgabe im Rahmen der Laktation bei Säugetieren, insbesondere bei Nutz- und Wildtieren, führen.
ObjectiveZiel der Vorlesung ist das Verständnis der komplexen Funktion der Laktation. Mit den erworbenen Kenntnissen werden die Studierenden befähigt, das Potential und die Problematiken zu beurteilen und weiterzuentwickeln, die sich in der Tierproduktion im Rahmen der Milchproduktion ergeben.
ContentDie interaktive Vorlesung, die durch zwei Praktikumstage komplementiert wird, ermöglicht den Studierenden die detaillierten Vorgänge kennenzulernen, die zur Milchbildung und Milchabgabe bei Säugetieren führen.
Dazu gehören das grundlegende Verständnis der Entwicklung und Funktionsstadien der Milchdrüse und ihre Bedeutung für die verschiedenen Nutztierspezies und den Menschen als Nahrungsmittel. Auch werden hormonelle Veränderungen, die sich während der unterschiedlichen Phasen der Laktation einstellen, eingehend erörtert. Zudem werden Techniken des Milchentzugs in Vorlesung und Praktikum diskutiert und die mitunter herausfordernde Interaktionen zwischen Melktechnik und Tier thematisiert.
Lecture notesDen Studierenden werden die Folien der Vorlesung als pdf zeitnah bereitgestellt.
LiteratureF. Döcke, "Veterinärmedizinische Endokrinologie"
Prerequisites / NoticeVorraussetzung:
Die Vorlesung "Endokrinologie und Reproduktionsbiologie" (751-6113-00L, findet im HS statt) eignet sich als sehr gute Vorbereitung und Ergänzung zur "Laktationsphysiologie".
Die genauen Termine insbesondere für die stattfindenden Praktika werden beim ersten Termin nach gemeinsamer Absprache festgelegt.
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