Course overview

This course is primarily aimed at specialists within the animal feed industry taking CPD and focuses on the ability to communicate effectively at all levels in the ruminant feed sector. This requires a thorough understanding of both the animal production and animal feed industries.

This course will develop in participants a thorough understanding of dairy, beef and sheep industries and the major systems associated with production of ruminant products in the UK. It will also inculcate an awareness of the structure and operational characteristics of the ruminant feed industry and both the national and international factors affecting both raw material supply and inclusion in ruminant diets.

The knowledge and skills gained will provide a sound foundation for subsequent courses in the programme.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Assess the size and structure of different sectors of the ruminant livestock production industry and the market for ruminant products.
  • Analyse the main milk, beef, lamb and wool production systems used in the UK and the physical and financial factors affecting system performance.
  • Evaluate the major internal and external factors affecting the demand and supply of ruminant products.
  • Assess the size, structure and operational characteristics of the UK ruminant feed industry.
  • Appraise national and international factors affecting effecting both raw material supply and inclusion in ruminant diets.
  • Communicate effectively through the preparation, delivery and evaluation of reports, technical newsletters and oral presentations using appropriate computer-based communication, information handling, data analysis and presentation software.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Dairy production
  • Beef production
  • Sheep production
  • The feed industry
  • Factors affecting animal and feed production

    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 courses 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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