AGRI 2322
Livestock Evaluation II

Western Texas College

  1. BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
    1. ourse description:  Evaluation and grading of market cattle, swine, sheep, and goats and their carcasses and wholesale cuts.  Emphasis will be placed on value determination.  Selection and evaluation of breeding cattle, sheep, swine, and goats with emphasis on economically important traits.
    2. Any required or recommended prerequisites:  Permission of instructor is required
  2. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Accurately evaluate and grade meat animals (cattle, swine, sheep and goats), their carcasses, and wholesale cuts according to USDA and industry standards.
    2. Determine market value for meat animals, carcasses, and wholesale cuts.
    3. Evaluate and select breeding animals based upon their economic potential in common production scenarios.
    4. Apply knowledge of both subjective and objective techniques, tools, and information in order to make evaluation, grading and selection decisions in practical production scenarios.
  3. GRADING SYSTEM AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    1. Grading system:  Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments.  Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
      A=90% and above
      B=80-89%
      C=70-79%
      D=60-69%
      F=60% and below
    2. Course requirements:   
      Exams - 40%
      Notebook - 20%
      Attendance with assignments - 40%
  4. INFORMATION ON BOOKS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS
    1. Required books:  Meat Evaluation Handbook by AMSA (available at the bookstore).
    2. Supplies and equipment:  Steel toed boots (if you do not want to borrow a pair)
  5. COURSE POLICIES AND CLASS CONDUCT
    1. Make-up tests, late assignments, final exams: There will be no make up exams given and no late assignments accepted.  If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.  No final exams will be given early.
    2. Attendance policy:  All students are expected to attend all classes and labs and on time. If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence.  After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center.  After a total of six hours missed, the student may be administratively dropped.  Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed form the class. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet.
    3. Academic integrity:  Cheating will result in being removed from the class.
    4. Cell Phones:  Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
  6. OTHER POLICIES
    1. Safety:  A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection.  In the event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus.  Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each.  The shelters will be marked at the entrance.  Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel.  Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
    2. Emergency: All offices serve as emergency communications points. Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type. Campus phone: Dial 911.
    3. Bad weather policy: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. ADA Statement: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
    5. Special assistance:  If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
    6. Affirmative action:  Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  7. COURSE ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULE
    1. Weekly course schedule:
Week 1 Colorado
Week 2 Thank You’s/Contest Review
Week 3 Fort Worth
Week 4 Thank You’s/Contest Review
Week 5  San Antonio
Week 6 Yield Grading, Beef
Week 7 Pork/Friona or Lubbock
Week 8 Lamb/Pack for Houston
Week 9  Thank You’s/Contest Review
Week 10 Lubbock/Friona
Week 11 Lubbock/Friona
Week 12  High School Presentations
Week 13 High School Presentations
Week 14  High School Presentations/Packing Plant Tour
Week 15 High School Presentations/Processing Plant Tour
Week 16 Review

                              ******  A more thorough schedule will be given within the first two weeks.

Disclaimer:  The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.

 

 

Last Modified: August 18, 2015