Module Identifier RS20910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael Rose  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS10510  
Assessment Assignment   Rationing assignment   30%  
  Assignment   Feed analysis assignment   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   40%  

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The lecture course involves a study of the present and previous feeding standards used in animal nutrition; ration formulation, analytical techniques for feed evaluation.

The farm visits and practical classes involve identification of various feed ingredients; development of sampling and sample preparatory skills; determination of the chemical composition of feedstuffs, identification of the factors affecting the accuracy of feed analyses and practical ration formulation.

Aims of the module

To develop an understanding of the principles of animal nutrition and feed evaluation together with their application in practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

i) Analyse common feeds

ii) Interpret the results of feed analysis

iii) Formulate rations for ruminant livestock and equines

iv) Describe feeding standards used in animal nutrition

Reading Lists

Webster A F G. (1986) Metabolisable protein - the UK approach: in Alderman G and Jarrige R (editors) Feed evaluation and protein systems for ruminants. Proceedings of the CEC Workshop, Brussels
AFRC. (1993) Energy and protein requirements of ruminants. An advisory manual prepared by the Technical Committee on Responses to Nutrients. CAB International, Wallingford
ARC. (1980) The nutrient requirements of ruminant livestock. CAB Wallingford
McDonald P. (1991) The biochemistry of silage. 2nd. Chalcombe
Stark B A, Givens D I and Wilkinson J M. (1986) Ruminant feed evaluation. Chalcombe Publications, Marlow
McDonald P, Edwards R A and Greenhalgh J F D. (1998) Animal nutrition. 4th. Longman Scientific and Technical

Orskov E R, Hovell F, Deb D and Mould F. (1980) The use of the nylon bag tachnique for the evaluation of feedstuffs: in Tropical Animal Production 53 :195-213.