Course overview

Book Now  The Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production course examines the concepts behind ruminant production in a low input or organic system. It considers alternative methods of production, from unique forages and sward mixtures to interesting animal breeds that could provide a more tailored product for niche markets. The course will also look at natural methods of disease control that can be adopted by low input or organic systems.

This course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production

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

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and standards of low-input/organic ruminant farming systems.
  • Critically assess different feed/forage systems in relation to their viability for low input/organic ruminant farming systems.
  • Apply methodologies used to determine on-farm nutrient and energy flow.
  • Appraise different low-input/organic ruminant farming systems and markets.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Overview of production systems
  • Low input markets
  • Nutrition in low input systems
  • Home grown feeds
  • Nutrient flow
  • Rotation management
  • Breeding
  • Disease control and positive welfare/health approaches
  • Ruminants in mixed farming systems
  • The future for low input farming

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    June to September 2020
    14 weeks
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    Fee info
    From £750
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
    CQFW Level
    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
    AFTP Cohort
    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.

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