Department of Animal Production

Animal Science is a branch of Agriculture that is concerned with rearing and production of livestock and poultry. Animal Science is therefore the art and science of rearing domestic livestock and poultry species. An animal scientist applies principles of the biological, physical, and social sciences to the problems associated with livestock production and management. It is also concerned with foods of animal origin: meat, dairy foods, and eggs for human use. Animal scientists must have formal training and appropriate experience to learn and apply the complex principles involved in animal production, care and use. Knowledge of such basic subjects as animal behavior and management, genetics, microbiology, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, and meat science is essential to persons entering most animal science professions. Animal Production is the technology applied to the keeping of animals for profit. This includes; feeding, breeding, housing and marketing. The most important aspect is making of the financial arrangements necessary for the successful carrying out of each enterprise in the light of the market conditions for the sale of the end products.

The study of Animal Production include farm animals in the following categories; Macro-livestock(Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Sheep, Horses, Donkeys, Pigs, Camels etc,), micro-livestock (Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Snails api-culture, Grass cutter etc.), Poultry (Chickens, Guinea fowls, Ostriches, Quails, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Pigeons etc) and Pets (Dogs, Cats etc.). Graduates of Animal Production who wish to further their education at the Postgraduate level may specialize in any of the following areas; Animal Breeding and Genetics, Reproductive and Environmental Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Agricultural Biochemistry, Animal Production and Management, Animal Products, Processing and Handling, Pasture/forage Production and Rangeland Management, and Micro-livestock Production.

Dr. Okpanachi, Uchele

Head of Department