AGRI 2321
Livestock Evaluation

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course 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. Lab:  The required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
  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 whole 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. Course Requirements
    1. Exams and quizzes – 40%
    2. Notebook – 20%
    3. Attendance with assignments, participation – 40%
  4. Information On Books
    1. Selected articles and books will be provided to the student.
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Content and Tentative Schedule*

Week 1

Introduction/Set Up Notebooks

Week 2

Beef Grading

Week 3

Beef Carcasses/Beef Cuts

Week 4

Pork Carcasses/Grading

Week 5

Pork Cuts

Week 6

Lamb Carcasses

Week 7

Goat Carcasses

Week 8

All Species

Week 9

Beef Carcasses/Cuts

Week 10

Pork Carcasses/Cuts

Week 11

Lamb Carcasses

Week 12

Selection of Breeding Animals

Week 13

Processing of Market Products

Week 14

Enterprise Operations

Week 15

Enterprise Operations

Week 16

Final Exam

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




Last Modified: October 5, 2017