Module Identifier RD25410  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael Rose  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RD15010 , RD15110 , RD17710  
Assessment Assignment   Outcome assessed: 1 Feed evaluation assignment   60%  
  Exam   1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 2   40%  

Module 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.


Outcome 1

Evaluate the nutritional properties of foodstuffs.

Performance criteria:
a. The relevant laboratory techniques are explained.
b. The relevant laboratory techniques are carried out with due reference to safety and
c. The nutritional qualities of the foodstuff are identified.

DM; MAD-F; CP; NH3; pH.
Forage e.g. silage.
Ruminant animal e.g. dairy cows and pregnant ewe.

Outcome 2

Formulate rations for farm livestock.

Performance criteria:
a. The factors that influence nutrient requirements are identified.
b. The factors that influence feed intake are identified.
c. The nutrient requirements and feed intake are correctly predicted.
d. The ration formulated accommodates the constraints identified in a, b, and c above.

Forages e.g. silage; straights e.g. maize gluten; compounds e.g. dairy concentrates.
Cattle and sheep.