Livestock Housing
and Building Conception

  • Level: Master 1
  • Period: Semester 2
  • Language: English
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Teacher/Coordinator: Joop Lensink

Main Objectives

Gain knowledge and analyze the different aspect related to livestock housing influencing the animals’ performances
Go through all steps of a project by the realization of dairy barn building project for a farmer
Advise farmers on building aspects and project
Realize a building quality audit

Skills Developed

  • Being able to conceive a cattle building project
  • Advise farmers on building aspects and project
  • Realize a building quality audit

General Content

  • Knowledge on animal needs, human constraints, administrative and legislative aspects, environmental regulations related to livestock building
  • Future evolution in this area specifically in terms of innovation
  • A major part of the knowledge on the topic of this module will be gained through the farm building project. The first visit will concern a dairy farmer that has a construction project; either a complete new building or an extension of an existing one. Students will have to identify the wishes of the farmer, the environmental, legislative and administrative constraints and realize finally building plans and budget plans for the project. The work will be evaluated through an “advisory” report and oral defense in front of the farm and an expert from the “farm building service” of the Chamber of Agriculture.


  • Case study analysis with synthetic note to be written (20%)
  • Report on the building construction project (60% of the mark)
  • Oral presentation (45 min) by the groups of on their building project

See full course description for program details


Joop Lensink
Professor - Dean of Studies
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