Course overview

Book Now The Silage Science course will develop your knowledge of modern forage and grain ensilage systems, giving you the skills to integrate recent research into your work. The course will examine: silage evaluation; fermentation; microbiology; inoculant development; pathogen transfer; and food safety. Although its focus will be on pasture-based systems, processes for grain and non-arable crops will be described and evaluated.

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:

  • Evaluate current and future silage production systems.
  • Review and evaluate scientific literature in relation to silage fermentation and microbiology and apply results to the evaluation of inoculants and other silage production additives.
  • Discuss the various systems used in silage evaluation and be able to use the information to help design optimal diets for ruminant livestock.
  • Assess the potential environmental impacts of silage production and evaluate strategies to reduce the risk to the wider environment.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Fundamentals of silage production
  • Silage biochemistry and analysis
  • Silage microbiology
  • Silage additives
  • Silage harvest and storage
  • Ensiling grass-based forage
  • Ensiling maize
  • Ensiling alternative forages
  • Future developments in silage

    Key facts

    Course Dates
    February to May 2020
    14 weeks
    Entry Requirements
    Graduate level or relevant experience
    Fee info
    IFST Membership
    Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
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    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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    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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