|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Presentation linking silage production to ruminant nutrition||35%|
|Semester Assessment||Interactive Task (Minimum 1200 words)||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Report assessing the environmental impact of farm silage production||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate current and future silage production systems.
2. Review and evaluate scientific literature in relation to silage fermentation and microbiology and apply results to the evaluation of inoculants and other silage production additives.
3. Discuss the various systems used in silage evaluation and be able to use the information to help design optimal diets for ruminant livestock.
4. Assess the potential environmental impacts of silage production and evaluate strategies to reduce the risk to the wider environment.
This module develops your knowledge of modern forage and grain ensilage systems, giving you the skills to integrate recent research into your work. It examines: silage evaluation; fermentation; microbiology; inoculant development; pathogen transfer; and food safety. Its focus is primarily on pasture-based systems, but processes for grain and non-arable crops will also be described and evaluated.
- Silage production and ensilage systems
- Silage evaluation
- Silage fermentation and microbiology
- Inoculant development
- Ensilage and preservation of a alternative feed crops and its potential to affect future livestock feeding practice
- Pathogen transfer and food safety in silage fed animals
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications and databases (eg. FAOSTAT) in their assignments.|
|Communication||Students will be expected to be able to express themselves appropriately in their assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases.|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||Online forum posts will be used to help develop and improve students problem solving skills.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to undergo directed self study and so will develop their literature research skills.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Research methodology related to silage production and evaluation.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7