The Grassland Systems course looks at the range and distribution of grassland and forage crops. Nutrient management and environmental protection are themes throughout, as are strategies for grazing and forage preservation.
You will investigate plant breeding and management’s role and evaluate the management requirements of a range of grassland systems and the factors that underpin forage cropping programmes.
On successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Detail the range and distribution of grasslands and forages and the characteristics of the major herbage species.
• Review and evaluate the development of new forage crops for use in pasture-based systems.
• Review and evaluate the potential of grass biorefining.
• Evaluate the influence of management and environment on pasture composition and critically appraise forage cropping programmes.
• Evaluate grazing and forage conservation requirements and evaluate grassland and forage management plans and conservation systems to provide optimum yield and quality.
• Critically appraise current research potential in grassland and forage crop production and utilisation to provide alternative livestock feeding methods.
Course Provider: Aberystwyth University
Course Date: This course commences each September
Course Delivery: Distance Learning – 14-week online course
Course Fee: POA