The focus of this module is on how to increase the efficiency of both intensive and extensive ruminant production systems. It draws upon research within IBERS and elsewhere and will cover topics including: the basics of performance measuring; the latest research on ruminant genetics and using this to reduce the environmental impact of production. You will explore the fundamental genetics and physiology that underpin animal production in terms of: reproductive technology; genetic improvement; dairy cattle production systems; meat production systems; meat and milk quality; disease prevention and management.
The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.
Jan to April 2018
Graduate level or relevant experience
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our students work full time at the same time as studying for 10 to 15 per week, for each 20 credit module. Blocks of modules are delivered with start dates in January, May and September, with most modules offered once each year.
This module is delivered entirely online by distance learning.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate the components of ruminant production systems.
2. Review and evaluate scientific literature and apply results to the development of ruminant production systems.
3. Explain how science can be applied to the improvement of ruminant production.
4. Discuss ethical and social issues related to the application of animal sciences.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530