The Principles of Ruminant Nutrition explicitly examines the chemistry and biochemistry of feed constituents and the anatomy and function of the digestive system in the ruminant and pre-ruminant.
The course then progresses to provide the participants with knowledge and understanding of the principles of feed analysis and factors affecting voluntary feed intake. Lectures will be supported by practical laboratory work.
Areas covered on this ruminant nutrition course will include:
• Feed Ingredients and their chemical composition
• Ruminant physiology and digestion
• Rumen microbial metabolism, growth and degradation of feed components.
• Forage production
• Feed and forage analysis
• Voluntary food intake
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Identify the nutrients contained within animal feeds and explain how rumen microbes and the host animal digest them and are subsequently absorbed from the digestive tract.
• Explain the structure and function of the ruminant and pre-ruminant digestive tract.
• Evaluate factors influencing grass and forage production and quality and assess how plant breeding developments will impact this.
• Analyse animal feeds to determine their chemical composition and interpret forage and feedstuff analysis.
• Predict voluntary feed intake in ruminants and assess how factors affecting intake can be managed to optimise animal performance and health.
Course Provider: Harper Adams University
Course Date: This course commences each November
Course Delivery: 4 Days Campus Workshops
Course Fee: £1200.00