Arable crops are often a key part of pasture-based agriculture, yet their selection and management are likely to be driven by very different requirements than those of intensive arable situations. This module focusses on developing appropriate management approaches to the maintenance and building of soil fertility whilst maximising livestock productivity, to deliver a system that is both resilient and sustainable. You will explore rotational farming practices in the context of mixed farming systems and examine different crop options and their suitability for different situations and regions, their use in the feed ration, and crop management approaches. The environmental and economic implications of different management practices will also be evaluated in context with current UK policy.
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. Review and evaluate crop rotational practices.
2. Compare and evaluate the use of a range of forages, cereals and legumes for ruminant feed.
3. Critically appraise the potential for current research in feed and forage agronomy to allow agricultural production to adapt to the challenges of climate change.
4. Critically appraise the potential for current research in agronomy to protect and enhance soil fertility.
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
T. +44 (0)330 333 4530