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Education Courses Animal Breeding

Animal Breeding

Method of evaluation
final exam
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
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Course description


Z.L.: Prof. László ZÖLDÁG, PhD, DSc
G.A.: Assoc. Prof. Dr. habil. András GÁSPÁRDY, PhD
VB: Dr. Boglárka VINCZE, DVM, PhD, tutor for English course

ZP.: Petra Zenke, PhD
Sz.L.: László SZABÁRA, BSc


Lectures theme

Animal Breeding (Study year: 2018/19)

(5th semester, lectures: 42h, practical: 28h)

Exam information

Exam days - SOON!

Re-take exam dates in NEPTUN !



Dr. Gáspárdy András



Topics for final exam in Animal Breeding


Cattle, sheep and goat breeding


1. Domestication of cattle, micro-evolutionary consequences

2. Breeding goals and characteristics (traits) of dairy cattle, milk properties

3. Breeding goal and characteristics (traits) of beef and dual purpose cattle

4. Dairy cattle breeding technologies, milk production and hygiene

5. Elements of beef cattle breeding technologies

6. Main reproduction features, reproduction parameters of cattle

7. Most important bovine genetic diseases

8. Dairy cattle breeds (classification, characteristics, types), production of consumption and industry milk

9. Beef cattle breeds (characteristics, classification, beef cattle types), beef quality

10. Breeding methods in cattle production (improvement, selection response when improving meat and dairy type, pure, line and family breeding, crossbreeding)

11. Estimation of breeding value in dairy cattle production, importance of udder evaluation

12. Estimation of breeding value in beef cattle production

13. Origin and domestication of small ruminants (sheep and goat), their species characteristics

14. Breeding goals and traits of sheep and goat production, types, usage and products

15. Wool producing sheep and goat breeds, structure and characteristics of wool

16. Meat (mutton, chevon) sheep and goat breeds, fur producer sheep breeds

17. Milk type and prolific sheep and goat breeds, prolificacy genes, milk properties

18. Reproduction features, reproduction, prolificacy and fertility traits, most important genetic diseases of sheep and goat

19. Breeding (pure and cross breeding) methods and practical mating systems in sheep and goat production

20. Sheep and goat breeding technologies, production and management systems (extensive, intensive)

Horse, dog, cat breeding


1. Evolution and domestication of the horse, micro-evolutionary consequences

2. Breeding goals and use in horse breeding, most important performance traits (race, sport, others)

3. Marking and identification of the horses, principal coat colors and inheritance, the behavioral vices

4. Main reproduction features and parameters of the horse (breeding season, AI, raising foals)

5. Most important genetic diseases of the horse

6. The role of training and racing in horse breeding. Judging of conformation, the gaits

7. Horse races (race horses), horse sports, riding, coach driving (sport horses)

8. Technology of race- and sport horse breeding. Genetic improvement of race and sport horses

9. Arabian origin horse breeds and other Arabian blooded descendents

10. The English Thoroughbred, the trotters and Thoroughbred blooded sport horses

11. Spanish horses and Spanish blooded descendents

12. Cold blooded (heavy draught) horses, ponies and small horses

13. Dog and cat domestication, micro-evolutionary consequences, relatives and interspecies hybrids

14. Basics of canine breeding (goals, use, conformation and judging, breeding methods)

15. Dog breeds, breed groups

16. Canine reproduction features

17. Most important canine genetic diseases

18. Basics of feline breeding (goals, use, breeds, breeding methods)

19. Feline reproduction features

20. Most important feline genetic diseases


Swine and poultry breeding


1. Origin and domestication of swine, micro-evolutionary consequences: importance of pork production in human nutrition

2. Most important traits of pig production (prolificacy, fattening ability, carcass quality, meat/fat properties, SEUROP qualification system), breeding value estimation and selection of sows and boars

3. Classification of swine breeds, types, the main aspects of judging swine conformation (and type)

4. The Yorkshire (the large white) breed group of swine

5. The Landrace breed group of pigs

6. The color pig breeds (Pietrain, Duroc and Hampshire)

7. Importance of Asian and other local swine breeds

8. Breeding methods and practical mating systems in swine breeding: continuous and discontinuous crossings and hybridization

9. Reproduction features and parameters of swine, raising piglets,

10. Most important porcine genetic diseases (PSS, MHS, PSE)

11. Technology of swine production (modern, large unit, traditional, alternative)

12. Origin and domestication of different poultry species, micro-evolutionary consequences, importance of meat and egg production of different poultry species in human nutrition

13. Main reproduction features of poultry species, puberty, breeding maturity, most common genetic diseases

14. The layer hen type (breeding goal, use, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)

15. Broiler chicken (breeding goal, use, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)

16. Poultry production systems and technologies (large unit, traditional, alternative, get-away)

17. Breeding turkey (breeding goal, use, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)

18. Breeding goose (breeding goal, use, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)

19. Breeding ducks (breeding goal, use, species, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)

20. Breeding pigeon (breeding goal, use, breeds, traits, breeding methods and hybrids)