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ACE2028 : Animal Feed Science and Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Abdul Chaudhry
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 as feeds in animal diets. 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
7 Minerals
8 Additives
Energy: classification, sources, feed supply, utilization and animal requirements
Voluntary Feed Intake
Concept of Partition of nutrients
Protein: types, feed supply, utilization and animal requirements
Farm Assurance schemes
Predicted Equations & Principles to Ration Formulation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Feeds workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture15:005:00Field visit
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Practice calculations of laboratory and animal studies data
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision and completion of Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity201:0020:00lecture 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 study110:0010:00Reading beyond the course material
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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MFormative data calculations during or in-between laboratory sessions
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 with the examination also 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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