|Module Title||APPLIED ANIMAL NUTRITION AND BREEDING|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Basil T Wolf|
|Other staff||Dr Michael T Rose|
|Course delivery||Lecture||44 Hours 44 x 1 hour lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials||18 Hours 6 x 3 hours|
|Practical||15 Hours 5 x 3 hours|
1. Analyse common feeds
2. Interpret the results of feed analysis
3. Describe the current feeding standards used in animal nutrition
4. Formulate rations for ruminant livestock and horses
5. Outline the principles of Mendelian genetics using examples from domestic livestock and discuss their application to breeding for coat colour, the control of lethal or deleterious conditions with Mendelian inheritance and explain the basis of parentage testing.
6. Apply the basic concepts of quantitative genetics.
7. Describe national breeding schemes for domestic livestock and evaluate aspects of their design that influence the rate of genetic improvement for metric traits.
a. To develop an understanding of the importance of feed analysis and its limitations for efficient animal nutrition.
b. To outline the principles of ration formulation for ruminant livestock and horses and to apply the current feeding standards.
c. To outline the principles of Mendelian and quantitative genetics in animals.
d. To define selection objectives and discuss problems in the evaluation of breeding value in the genetic improvement of performance in horses and farm livestock.
The Animal Breeding section of the module will use a computer-assisted learning package to develop skills in the use of formulae to predict response to selection.
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
The successful formulation of rations for horses and livestock involves the use of relatively complex equations and ideas in order to establish nutrient and energy requirements and allowances. These will form an integral part of the feed evaluation/ ration formulation assignment and will be assessed at that point.
Animal breeding requires an understanding of statistical concepts such as probability, variance, regression and correlation. Skills in the use of numerical information will be developed during lectures and practical classes and will be assessed by examination.
.4 Writing in an academic context
Will be developed and assessed in both the written assignment and examination.
.8 Group activity
Practical classes in Animal Breeding will be used for group activity in non-assessed problem solving assignments that use information provided in lectures.
This module is at CQFW Level 5