Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 2 hour workshops
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 1 x 3 hour practical during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Feed analysis practical write-up  Outcome assessed: 1, 2  25%
Semester Assessment Rationing exercise  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  25%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Two hour written examination  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2 Hours   Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) that led to failing the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Evaluate the nutritional properties of foodstuffs and discuss the relative merits of different feeds for farm livestock.

2. Formulate rations for farm livestock.

Brief description

This module will concentrate on developing students' knowledge of factors influencing animal nutrition and hence their ability to manage the animal and its environment. Aspects of animal physiology will be covered, but most emphasis will be placed on developing skills and knowledge in the areas of food evaluation and the prediction of nutrient requirements and feed intake. Students will be introduced to techniques associated with livestock ration formulation.


General principles relating to farm animal feeds, feed analysis, digestive anatomy, the control of appetite, and energy, protein, mineral and vitamin nutrition. The requirements of selected examples of farm livestock for energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, the rationing of feeds, and nutritional disorders will be discussed.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number The rationing assignment will require students to manipulate numbers, and this will be assessed in the assignment. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and assignment, where these will be assessed. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the assignment. Presentation of assignment will be assessed, which should be prepared using computer software. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Problem solving Rationing requires carefully balancing a range of competing interests for different nutrients. This will be developed and assessed in the assignment. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Research skills The assignment and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and assignment. Feedback on this will be given in the assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to animal nutrition and rationing for animals will be developed.

Reading List

General Text
(2002.) The feeds directory :branded products guide /edited by W.N. Ewing. Context Primo search Chamberlain, A. T. (c1996.) Feeding the dairy cow /by A. T. Chamberlain and J. M. Wilkinson. Chalcombe Primo search MAFF (1995) Energy and protein requirements of ruminants CABI Primo search McDonald, P et al (2002) Animal nutrition Prentice Hall Primo search Pond K and Pond W (1999) An introduction to animal science Wiley Primo search Pond, Wilson G. (c2004.) Basic animal nutrition and feeding /W.G. Pond, D.C. Church, K.R. Pond. 5th ed. Wiley Primo search Underwood, Eric J. (c1981.) The mineral nutrition of livestock /Eric J. Underwood. 2nd ed. Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux Primo search Young, N. E. ([2002?].) The forages and protein crops directory /N.E. Young. Context Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5