Course overview

The Global Ruminant Production course focuses on how to increase the efficiency of both intensive and extensive ruminant production systems. It draws upon research within IBERS to cover topics such as the basics of performance measuring and the latest research on ruminant genetics. Using this research, participants will be enabled to reduce the environmental impact of global ruminant 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.

This course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production  MRes Agriculture and the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment.

The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

Jan to April 2019

Title: Global Ruminant Production

14 weeks

Entry Requirements:

Graduate level or relevant experience

Credits: 20
Cost: £750.00
CQFW Level: 7
Course Provider: Aberystwyth University
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Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Aberystwyth University, Online
Course Logistics:

Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our participants 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.


Neil Mackintosh

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the components of ruminant production systems.
  • Review and evaluate scientific literature and apply results to the development of ruminant production systems
  • Explain how science can be applied to the improvement of ruminant production.
  • Discuss ethical and social issues related to the application of animal sciences.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Global Production
  • Global supply chains
  • Producing safe and healthy food
  • Measuring performance and management methods
  • Reducing global impacts
  • Ruminant behaviour and welfare
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition
  • Ruminant health
  • Global production systems of the future
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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