Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 3 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Feed evaluation assignment  Outcome assessed: 1, 2  30%
Semester Assessment Ration formulation assignment  Outcome assessed: 2  30%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Supplementary Assessment 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:

Outcome 1
Evaluate the nutritional properties of foodstuffs.

Outcome 2
Formulate rations for farm livestock.

Brief description

Livestock production is a major component of agricultural systems worldwide and is especially significant in the western and northern regions of the UK.

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.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Developed by assignment, which requires the calculation of nutrient requirements of animals, and the construction of rations.
Problem solving Developed by assignment. The construction of the animals' rations requires the balancing of a number of competing constraints of feed and nutrient inclusion within the ration.

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