This module will develop your knowledge of modern forage and grain ensilage systems, giving you the skills to integrate recent research into your work. It 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.
The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.
Jan to April 2018
Graduate level or relevant experience
Our distance learning modules are designed to be flexible and most of our students 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.
Sarah Watson Jones
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate current and future silage production systems.
2. 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.
3. Discuss the various systems used in silage evaluation and be able to use the information to help design optimal diets for ruminant livestock.
4. Assess the potential environmental impacts of silage production and evaluate strategies to reduce the risk to the wider environment.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530