Key facts

Course Dates
5 days
Entry Requirements
It is recommended that one of the three related pig, poultry or aquaculture courses offered by AFTP are taken before this course.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
AFTP Cohort

Course overview

This course is designed to develop the ability of participants to analyse monogastric digestive systems, identify key emerging issues and evaluate developments in technology. This leads to their application in sustainable, environmentally and animal welfare conscious production systems.

The manipulation of the productivity of monogastric digestive production systems (aquaculture, pig systems and poultry systems) requires a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. The application of such material to address emerging issues is an ongoing feature of all food production systems.

The learning associated with the course will be achieved primarily through keynote lectures both from university staff and visiting speakers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify a range of emerging issues, critically evaluate relevant data on in monogastric digestive systems and frame appropriate production based questions.
  • Examine the limits and applicability of current research and published data to emerging issues within practical monogastric production systems.
  • Develop a plan to apply appropriate methods techniques and innovations to a particular problem facing farm animal production and critically evaluate the solutions proposed.
Additional Course InformationAccordion title 1

Topics regarding the monogastric digestive system will be presented through a series of short conferences, primarily during the week of scheduled delivery. Other relevant material will be made available via the VLE. The following potential conference topics may change over time as further development and applications of science take place.

  • Application of genomics to improve pig health and welfare.
  • Environmental impact of replacing soya bean meal with processed animal protein in broiler diets.
  • Fin-fish farming: Environmental Impact Assessment.

The assessment will be in the form of a written report (100%) on the application of recent advances to a production system selected by the student and agreed by the course tutor.

The assignment will be launched during the week-long attendance and normally submitted 10 -12 weeks later. A detailed schedule will be provided as part of the course teaching scheme.


My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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