The AgriFood Training Partnership is proud to have teamed up with the Rock & Roll Farming Podcast, fronted by Will Evans, and here is a selection of our agricultural related training courses:

  • Poultry Health Online

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    Date: 1st Oct 2018 to May 2019

    Online Course

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    This course will reflect developments in poultry health and the changing areas of veterinary and technical expertise within it. It is aimed for veterinary surgeons, technical staff and managers from the poultry industry who wish to learn more about the nature, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases of poultry. The course is also suitable for non-specialist graduates who wish to gain a thorough knowledge of the poultry sector while working towards the postgraduate awards in Agrifood.

  • Agro-ecosystem Services

    Date: September 24th 2018

    Online Course

    This course will introduce you to the ecosystem services framework for assessing pasture-based food production, with an emphasis on landscape context and scale factors. Trade-offs and complementarities between food production and the delivery of other ecosystem services such as water purification and climate regulation will be examined. The module will focus on the theme of "sustainable intensification", using an ecosystem services approach to consider the direct and indirect (global) effects of particular management practices.

  • Contemporary Issues in Animal Science

    Date: January 14th, 2019

    This course is designed to introduce you to the latest research and contemporary practices in animal science, and the challenges and opportunities that this field faces in making livestock production sustainable in the 21st century. It introduces an overview of the key issues, including producing healthy and safe animal-based foods; using fewer resources; and minimising negative environmental and health impacts associated with livestock production, while maintaining or enhancing the welfare status of the animal. You will explore the ways that animal science offers solutions to each of these problems, an the practical tools that can be developed from advances in scientific research.

  • Evaluating Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches

    Date: December 3rd - 7th, 2018

    The Evaluating Sustainability Through Life Cycle Approaches course focuses on the frameworks and techniques used to evaluate the sustainability of an organisation or cohesive system. The course is aimed at professionals who need to understand the fundaments of life cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and water footprinting. By the participants should be able to undertake a Life Cycle Assessment of a system in the wider economy. The course includes some examples from the agri-food sector but is aimed primarily at conveying the core underlying science behind lifecycle sustainability. The additional course of on offer on "Agricultural Lifecycle Analysis - More Than Just The Carbon Footprint". 

  • Global Ruminant Nutrition

    Date: 9th Jan to 12th Apr 2019

    Online Course

    The Global Ruminant Production course focuses on how to increase the efficiency of both intensive and extensive ruminant production systems. It draws upon research within IBERS to cover topics such as the basics of performance measuring and the latest research on ruminant genetics. Using this research, participants will be enabled to reduce the environmental impact of global ruminant production.

  • Grassland Systems

    Date: 12th Sept to 19th Dec 2018

    Online Course

    The Sustainable Grassland Systems course looks at the range and distribution of grassland and forage crops. Nutrient management and environmental protection are themes throughout, as are strategies for grazing and forage preservation. The role of plant breeding and management is investigated. You will evaluate the management requirements of a range of grassland systems and the factors that underpin forage cropping programmes. This course is an optional module in the MSc in Sustainable & Efficient Food Production and in the MSc in Food Security in a Changing Environment. The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

  • Home Grown Feeds

    Date: 9th Jan to 19th Apr 2019

    Online Course

    The Sustainable Home Grown Feeds course focuses on arable crops, which can form a key component of a pasture-based farming system. Their selection and management are often driven by very different requirements than those of intensive arable situations. The course focuses on developing management approaches to the maintenance and building of soil fertility whilst maximising livestock productivity. This approach delivers a system that is both resilient and sustainable. You will explore rotational farming practices in the context of mixed farming systems. This includes examining different options of crops 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.

  • Livestock, Livelihoods and Food Security

    Date: 1st Oct 2018

    This course will provide an in-depth overview of the livelihoods and food security issues deriving from farmed livestock across a global range of production systems. Focusing on the main classes of farmed livestock (dairy, beef, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry), you will explore the opportunities and challenges of keeping livestock as a means of acquiring and maintaining food security at a household, national, and global level. This broad-ranging course will also see you investigate the impact of a range of other topics impacting on individual livelihoods and food security, including innovations in the value chains of specific livestock systems, the impact of climate change, and the role of cultural preferences and ethical concerns.

  • Poultry Nutrition

    Date: 8th to 10th Oct 2018

    The Poultry Nutrition course is intended to complement the other courses in the programme Postgraduate Certificate in Poultry Heath and Production and provides professionals working in and with the poultry production industry an understanding of the underlying science and application of poultry nutrition. It will enhance participants knowledge and understanding of poultry physiology, nutrition and management in such a manner as to allow them to analyse critically feed supply in relation to requirements and potential responses. Participants will demonstrate through coursework and/or examination an understanding of the factors that influence nutrient supply and the potential for manipulating metabolic processes through nutrient supply in production systems for poultry. 

  • Ruminant Health & Welfare

    Date: 12th – 16th Nov 2018

    This soil engineering course focuses on Land restoration and reclamation practices in relation to soil tillage, traction and soil compaction. These practices must be grounded on an understanding of science and engineering. In addition, effective land restoration and reclamation must also consider the theoretical and practical principles underlying the successful management of soil organic carbon and the application of nutrients and organic manures to land.

  • Ruminant Nutrition

    Date: 12th September to 13th Dec 2018

    Online Course

    The Ruminant Nutrition course will outline the fundamental physiological and microbiological principles underpinning ruminant nutrition. You will look at the design of animal nutrition experiments; ruminant ration formulation and evaluation; nutrient digestion and metabolism; microbial populations and their ecology; and metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and lipids in order to modify the characteristics of meat and milk. The module will also look at research into reducing environmental impacts from ruminants through their nutrition.

  • Silage Science

    Date: 9th Jan to 24th Apr 2019

    Online Course

    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. 

  • Soil Engineering, Contaminant and Nutrient Management

    Date: 12th – 16th Nov 2018

    This soil engineering course focuses on Land restoration and reclamation practices in relation to soil tillage, traction and soil compaction. These practices must be grounded on an understanding of science and engineering. In addition, effective land restoration and reclamation must also consider the theoretical and practical principles underlying the successful management of soil organic carbon and the application of nutrients and organic manures to land.

  • Soil Management

    Date: 24th Sept to 14th Dec 2018

    Online Course

    This module is designed to teach the fundamentals of soil management to professionals interested in the sustainable and efficient management of land resources. Sustainable soil management is reviewed in relation to increasing food production efficiency whilst limiting environmental impacts and a decline in soil quality and services. The dynamic function of the soil system will be explored, including ecosystem services, nutrient budgets, carbon cycling, greenhouse gases and mitigation. This course will provide a basic guide to the field and laboratory assessment of soil quality in a UK context with support from lectures and structured learning with extensive on-line resources.

  • Soil Systems

    Date: 5th to 9th Nov 2018

    The Soil Systems course focuses on how decisions in land management and water resource management are informed by a fundamental understanding of science. This scientific perspective includes the soils and plants driving the water and carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial systems. This course takes into account issues such as food security, environmental protection and mitigation of climate change, impacts of which depend upon effective management of soil, plant and water systems and their interactions in the environment.

  • Sustainable Livestock Production Systems

    Online Course

    The Sustainable Livestock Production Systems course will explore a range of different livestock production systems and the opportunities and challenges of implementing sustainable practices. Through eight weeks of interactive, online sessions and discussions, delivered through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment, you will develop a detailed understanding of environmental, social, and economic factors associated with sustainability across a range of livestock sectors.After completing the course you will have an excellent understanding of sustainability factors impacting livestock production systems and will be able to identify specific issues relating to pig, poultry, dairy, and ruminant meat production systems.

  • Water and Agriculture

    Date: 24th Sept to 14th Dec 2018

    Online Course

    Water shortage and water quality issues are increasingly affecting agricultural production worldwide, and problems will increase with climate change and increasing populations. This course takes a global perspective, and aims to equip participants with the ability to fully understand the role of water in agricultural production, and to critically assess existing and future pressures and solutions. After describing the basics of crop water relationships, the course will address the pressures caused by water shortages and water quality issues, and the interactions between them.

     

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I found the e-learning elements of my training very useful. You could log in and out of it in your own time and base it around any work or family commitments.

Natasha Jenkins

Food & Safety Officer, Cornwall Council

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