Course overview

This Ration Formulation and Feeding Systems course will develop a thorough understanding of the techniques used in ruminant feed evaluation to assess nutrient requirements. Participants will be enabled to utilise quantitative data in the formulation of diets and feeding strategies for different classes of ruminant livestock. It will also cover mineral/vitamin nutrition and the metabolic consequences of nutrient deficiency or excess.

The formulation of diets designed to meet the nutrient requirements of animals at different stages of their production cycle requires a thorough understanding of the factors affecting nutrient supply from animal feeds and animal nutrient requirements.

This course will build on the concepts introduced in Principles of Ruminant Nutrition and is primarily aimed at veterinary surgeons undertaking CPD and specialists within the animal feed industry.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Ration Formulation and Feeding Systems course participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate ruminant feeds to determine the nature of energy and protein supply.
  • Calculate animal nutrient feeding requirements.
  • Evaluate ruminant diets and predict performance.
  • Formulate ruminant diets to meet energy and protein requirements at different stages of production.
  • Design feeding strategies and systems for different classes of ruminant livestock.
  • Relate the signs of metabolic disease to nutrient deficiency/excess and treat accordingly.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on the Ration Formulation and Feeding Systems course will include:

  • Ruminant feeding evaluation
  • Ruminant nutrient requirements
  • Ration formulation and evaluation
  • Feeding strategies and systems
  • Metabolic disease

Key facts

Course Dates
Course - 5 days - The Course can be taken as a stand alone training course but also makes up one of the four modules required to earn a Postgraduate Certificate in Ruminant Nutrition.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or experienced within the animal production industry
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
Mixed Cohort

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