Module Identifier RD25410  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael T Rose  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RD15010  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Practical   3 x 3 hour practicals during semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Ration formulation assignment Outcome assessed: 2  30%
Semester Assessment Feed evaluation assignment Outcome assessed: 1, 2  30%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
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 accuracy.
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.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Developed by assignment. The construction of the animals' rations requires the balancing of a number of competing constraints of feed and nutrient inclusion within the ration.  
Application of Number Developed by assignment, which requires the calculation of nutrient requirements of animals, and the construction of rations.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
MAFF (1995) Energy and protein requirements of ruminants CABI 0851988512
McDonald, P et al (2002) Animal nutrition Prentice Hall 0582419069
Pond K and Pond W (1999) An introduction to animal science Wiley 0471170941


This module is at CQFW Level 5