Detailed Syllabus of Filed Officer Animal Husbandry

(CATEGORY NO. 551/2011)

Part I – Livestock Management (Animal Husbandry)

• Introduction to livestock farming Livestock farming, importance,, merits and demerits, population status of different specie and common terms.

•Handling of animals Body parts of cattle and fowl, restraining livestock, various methods of handling cattle,
buffaloes and goats, restraining head, neck, forelimbs, hind limbs, whole body casting, methods of casting , common appliances used, rope,bull nose ring, bull holder, bull leader, mouth gags, halter, anti cowkicker, milkman's rope, trevis.

•Breeds Definition of species, breed, strain and variety Exotic and Indian breeds, definition,differences, examples.Exotic Breed origin , breed characteristics,
(1) physical features of Jersey, HF, BrownSwiss 
(2) Indian breeds according to utility- milch, draught, dual
(3) Distinguishing characters of Sindhi, Hariana, Kankrej, Kangayam, Halliker Surthi and Murrah Buffalo
 (4) Goat - Malabari, Alpine, Saanen
(5) Sheep - Merino, Kashmiri (6) Pig- Yorkshire, Landrace.

•Identification of animalsObjectives, Methods
1) Branding
a)Hot iron branding
b)Chemical branding
c)Freeze branding
3)Ear tagging
4)Ear notching
Natural body markings, determination of age of cattle by dentition, general appearance and horn rings.
•Housing of cattle
Systems of rearing cattle - free range, loose house, conventional barns. Principles of housing, cow house system.

•Normal values
Pulse, Respiration and temperature, Gestation period, span of life , birth weight, Age atmaturity, Age of breeding of animals and birds - cow, buffalo, Goat.
•Organs of Body
Elementary knowledge of Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous, Circulatory, Urinary,Respiratory, Digestive and Reproductive organs (with special emphasis on digestive and reproductive organs)Care and management
New born, heifers, cows, working animals Health care Signs of health - classification of the disease (ba
cterial, viral, protozoa, metabolic'etc),Causative factors, Prevention and control of Anthrax, HS, Foot and mouth disease,Brucellosis, Mastitis, milk fever, Ketosis, Parasitic infestation, Ranikhet, Coccidiosis.Principles of Feeding
Feed nutrients - Water, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fat, minerals, vitamins Ration -Balancedration, Maintenance and production ration.Feeding Materials Classification of feeds as roughages and concentrat
es. Roughages -Green fodder, Hay, straw, silage. Concentrates -Cakes, Grains, By products, Tapioca.
Systems of breedingSelection methods - inbreeding, out breeding for cattle, grading up, systems of breeding.
Manure Cattle and poultry manure, collection, storage and disposal, manurial value - biogas and slurry.
Rearing of Goats
Basic knowledge about rearing goats.
Rearing of pigs
Basic knowledge about rearing swine.
Rabbit rearing
Basic knowledge of rearing rabbits.
Part II – Livestock Management (Poultry Husbandry)

Poultry Industry - importance - Development Present
status, future
Poultry and poultry products - Poultry meat and egg
s- nutritive value - relevant
importance in human diet.
Basic knowledge on general Anatomy and physiology o
f poultry with special reference to
Digestive and reproductive system-feathers-structur
e, function and moulting
Common breeds of poultry-classes-Breeds- Varieties-
and practices of breeding-Selection system-qualitat
ive and quantitative
traits -Breeding for meat and layer types-commercia
l hybrids.
Systems of rearing poultry -Back yard - deep litter
- Cage systems -
Poultry house design and construction
Feeding poultry-general principles-semi intensive s
ystems of feeding-feed
Chicks -Housing and Housing requirements-care of yo
ung chicks -dubbing-debeaking sexing-
Brooding and brooding equipments and feeding.
Growing stock-Housing requirements-feeding manageme
Layersrhousing-summer management-culling-feeding-ma
light -feed efficiency- egg production standards -
Breeding stock-culling-feeding-transepts-pedigree d
etails-mating system-
ing-Production standards-
Dressing-Processing and marketing-Economics-Commerc
ial units.
Table eggs production-collection-Grading -storage-M
arketing-production of
clean eggs.
Eggs - Physical and chemical composition - Methods
preservation - Egg products-Egg powder and frozen e
gg products-whole eggs,
yolk or albumen Egg quality parameters
Care and Management of hatching eggs-Selection of h
atching eggs-
incubation-Hatchery operation
Common diseases - Ranikhet diseases -Marek's diseas
e-Fowl pox-coccidiosis -
Pullorum disease- Parasites -External and Internal
Causes-Main symptoms
and control -Vaccination -Deworming
Duck-Common breeds -Brooding-rearing and management
Turkey -Common breeds -Brooding -rearing and judgme
Quail-Brooding-rearing and Management
Part III -Questions based on Botany (VHSE Level)
Part IV -Questions based on Zoology (VHSE Level)
Part V – Facts about Kerala
Geographical Facts- Physical Features- Climate-Soil
s- Rivers- Famous
Sites– Etc
Renaissance of Kerala
Important Events/ Movements
Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi, Chattampi Swami, Sree N
arayana Guru,
Vagbhatananda, Thycaud Ayya, Ayya Vaikundar, Poikay
il Yohannan
(Kumara- Guru), Ayyankali, Pandit Karuppan, Mannath
u Padmanabhan,
V.T.Bhattathirippad, Dr. Palpu, Kumaranasan, Vakkom
Moulavi, Blessed
Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Etc
Part VI – India – National Movements – Important Ev
ents & Leaders
Geography of India- Physical Features- Climate-Soil
s- Rivers- Famous
Sites – Etc
Demography- Economic and Social Development-Poverty
Economy and Planning-Etc
History of India- Period from 1857 to 1947- Nationa
l Movement- Etc.
Part VII – General Knowledge
Part VIII – Current Affairs
Important World, National and Regional Events relate
d to the
Political and Scientific fields, Sports, Cinema and
Literature etc.
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