Livestock Production

Academic Program Chair:

Dr. Mark W. Murphey

(318) 257-2457

Animal Science: Livestock Production Concentration


Program Highlights

Students pursuing the livestock production concentration in Animal Science at Louisiana Tech University are not only exposed to in-depth classroom learning experiences, but are also afforded opportunities to obtain hands-on, practical experiences through the University herds of livestock. Louisiana Tech owned beef cattle, swine, goats, sheep, and horses are used in the laboratory sessions to allow students first-hand experience with animals. Classes and labs are often held at the various barns located on Tech Farm.   Similarly, field trips to various livestock operations in the area provide unique real-life learning experiences for our students. A meat science laboratory is also utilized for the study of meat processing, preservation, storage, and utilization.  Organizations, such as the Block and Bridle Club, give students the chance to be more involved in livestock production through extracurricular activities and events.


Graduates of the Program

Animal Science graduates with a concentration in livestock production have many career paths they may follow. Some of our graduates are pursuing careers with animal feed companies, livestock production operations, food processing industries, agricultural extension services, pharmaceutical companies, lending agencies, governmental agencies, and other careers associated with animal production or management.  Students can further prepare for these careers by completing internships during their time at Tech.  In addition, undergraduate research supplements course work to prepare students who wish to further their education for graduate school. 


Curriculum Information

The Animal Science curriculum features a variety of classes, in addition to Animal Science courses, including Microbiology, Genetics, Plant Science, and many others. Along with the required courses, livestock production students complete 15 hours of chosen electives, 9 hours of which must be 300 level or higher Animal Science classes.  Livestock production electives include classes focused on poultry science, beef production, meats, and horse production.

Below is a list of Animal Science courses offered from the Louisiana Tech University Catalog.  A (G) denotes graduate credit.  Students enrolled in the Master of Science program in the School of Biological Sciences have the option of including graduate level courses on their plan of study.

ANSC 111 - Introduction to Animal Science: Introduction to the field of Animal Science with emphasis on breeds, terminology, and basic husbandry practices of dairy and beef cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and poultry.

ANSC 113 - Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory: Practical application and study of the different areas of animal science.

ANSC 201 - Introduction to Poultry Science: The principles and practices of breeding, incubation, nutrition, disease control, management practices and marketing of poultry.

ANSC 204 - Livestock Evaluation: Selection and evaluation of major livestock species based on performance, production records, and visual appraisal. Presentation of oral and written reasons will be required.

ANSC 211 - Introduction to Equine Science: A general survey of principles of horse management and husbandry, to include anatomy, unsoundness, nutrition, health and reproduction.

ANSC 220 - Introduction to Horsemanship: Introduction to methods and techniques for controlling and influencing the performance of horses.

ANSC 222 - Horse Behavior/Training: Horse behavior and psychology as it relates to breaking and handling horses. To include: fitness and conditioning, equipment, grooming and show preparation.

ANSC 223 - Horse Behavior/Training II: Experience based learning and application of horse behavior and psychology in training. This class may be taken up to 3 times for credit.

ANSC 225(A-C) - Special Problems in Animal Science: Prerequisite permission of instructor is required. May be repeated for credit. Topics may include foal management, fitting and showing of livestock, or topic selected with consent of instructor.

ANSC 301 - Principles of Animal Nutrition: The source, chemical composition, and nutritive value of farm animal feedstuffs.

ANSC 309 - Anatomy and Physiology of Animals: The structures and functions of the tissues and organs of animals.

ANSC 312 - Animal Endocrinology: Development, structure, and functional processes of the endocrine system in animals.

ANSC 315Meats: Methods and practices involved in the processing and preservation of meats.

ANSC 318 - Animal Endocrinology: Physiology of reproduction of domestic farm animals. Embryology and anatomy of reproductive systems; gametogenesis, fertilization, gestation, and parturition.

ANSC 340 - Horse Evaluation: Detailed evaluation of the horse. To include: conformation, body condition, as well as breed and discipline characteristics.

ANSC 401 - Animal Breeding: Principles and application of animal breeding, including gene frequencies, heritabilities, inbreeding coeffecients, selection and mating systems. (G)

ANSC 405 - Applied Animal Nutrition: A review of applied nutritional practices and management, and ration formulation for beef and dairy cattle, horses, swine and poultry. (G)

ANSC 409 - Animal Pathology: The etiology, symptoms, prevention, control and eradication of the major diseases of farm animals. (G)

ANSC 410 - Beef Production: Principles and practices in breeding, feeding, marketing, and management of beef cattle. (G)

ANSC 411 - Horse Production: Principles and practice in breeding, feeding, and management of horses.

ANSC 425(A-C) - Special Problems in Animal Science: Prerequisite permission of instructor is required. May be repeated for credit. Topics may include foal management and sale preparation, steer fitting and showing, or topic selected with consent of advisor.

ANSC 440 - Equine Farm Management: Study of unique aspects of procuring and operating different categories of horse units. To include: facilities, management, insurance, and equine law.

ANSC 470 - Veterinary Techniques: Application of veterinary diagnostic, therapeutic, and prophylactic techniques used in control of animal diseases. (G)