Course overview

This course will introduce you to the role of farmed livestock in agricultural systems, and the importance of feed in managing the nutritional requirements of different classes of livestock.  You will explore the variety of livestock feeds, including their manufacture and issues of food safety, and develop an understanding of how these can be used to meet the nutritional requirements of different livestock. Additionally, you will develop the ability to formulate diets for specific livestock, and the role of the feed industry in meeting these requirements.

This course would be particularly useful to those working in the livestock or feed industries, but also for producers or retailers looking to increase their understanding of their supply chain. 


This module is available for CPD (£450) or credit (£700). Modules taken as CPD can later be converted to credit for a fee of £250.  

Contact Name for Enquiries: Fiona Lee or Cathy Crips

Email address:

Telephone Number: 0118 378 3312 or  0118 378 8722


Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically evaluate the role of feed and nutrition in the maintenance of livestock health and performance
  • Critically appraise the challenges and opportunities that face the livestock feed industry
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate diets for different classes of livestock
  • Use appropriate tools to identify reliable information and literature on a given topic
  • Communicate research findings clearly
  • Demonstrate good academic practice in the use, citation and referencing of source material
Additional Course Information

Topics within this course will include:

  • Role and importance of livestock in agricultural systems
  • Nutrition requirements for livestock
  • Livestock feeds and feed characterization
  • Feed manufacture and safety
  • Challenges and opportunities facing the livestock feed industry


Key facts

Course Dates
04 May 2021
8 Weeks online
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
Discounts available for multiple bookings & CPD version
CQFW Level
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period. It is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements within four weeks of completing the online content.
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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