Module Identifier RD25410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael T Rose  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RD15010  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 22 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   9 Hours 3 x 3 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Semester Assessment Assignment: Outcome assessed: 2 Ration Formulation30%
Semester Assessment Assignment: Outcome assessed: 1, 2 Feed evaluation assignment30%
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.

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.

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.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
   Developed by the assignment

.2 IT and information handling
   The internet may be used as a resource for help with the assignment

.3 Writing in an academic context
   Developed by the assignment and examination

Reading Lists

McDonald P et al (2002) Animal nutrition Prentice Hall
MAFF (1995) Energy and protein requirements of ruminants CABI
Pond K and Pond W (1999) An introduction to animal science Wiley
Webster J (1993) Understanding the dairy cow Blackwell Scientific Publications


This module is at CQFW Level 5