Undergraduate

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Modules

ACE2028 : Animal Feed Science and Technology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module will underpin livestock feeding studies at a more advanced level in the subsequent Stage of degree programmes. It aims to inform students about the nutrient requirements of farm and companion animals and the range of raw materials which can be used in feeds. It will provide the opportunity for students to undertake laboratory analysis of feed raw materials

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction : general principles of formulating diets and matching feed supply to animal requirements
Assessing feeds; proximate analysis, other analyses, animal studies
Classification of Feeds
2 Fresh forages
1 Dry forages
3 Silages
4 Energy feeds
5 Protein feeds
6.Vitamins
7 Minerals
8 Additives
Energy: classification, feed supply and animal requirements
Voluntary Feed Intake
Concept of Partition of nutrients
Protein: types, feed supply and animal requirements
Minerals
Vitamins
Farm Assurance schemes
Ration Formulation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation of assessed report - feeds workshop
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation of assessed report - field visit
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for lab report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:3012:30Revision and completion of Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity221:0022:00lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery13:003:00Academic staff available for consultation on issues relating to feed analyses practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:3011:30Reading beyond the course material
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The theory and detailed information are delivered in the lectures. Students gain an appreciation of the variation in feeds and feeding systems from the visit and practicals. Experience of feed analyses is gained from the laboratory practical sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A603 from 5
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Lab report on proximate analysis of feed (1000 words)
Essay1M15Essay based on nutritional value of industrial by-products used as feed (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal examination tests the knowledge of the students and their understanding of the principles involved in assessing nutrient requirements and formulating diets to meet these requirements. Assessment of in-course work tests ability to integrate theoretical knowledge with data obtained from fieldwork or practical classes and to evaluate limitations in the methods available for assessing nutrient value of feedstuffs.

Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.

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