Module Title:Animal Nutrition
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learners will be encouraged to actively partake in class discussions and group work. Site visits to farms to discuss nutritional management will be in discussion group format. Case studies, (e.g. IFA smart farming) will be used to demonstrate nutritional management strategies that improve the performance of the farm business. Practical lab sessions will explore the chemistry of feed and how nutritional composition is determined. Students will have the opportunity to visit feed compounders and nutrition service providers in the south east as part of their course.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is develop the learners understanding of nutrition as it applies to animals with a particular emphasis on farm animal production. The various sources of feed and the relative inclusion levels in monogastric and ruminant diets will be explored as well as some of the nutritional management considerations in a well-run animal production system. Students will also have an understanding of the consequences of animal nutrition on the wider environment including the impact on consumer health.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and illustrate the structure and organization of the digestive systems of monogastric and ruminant animals
LO2 Demonstrate a knowledge of animal nutrition as it applies to various farmed animals and the interaction between nutrition and management of the animal
LO3 Describe the inter-relationship between nutrients and the consequences of these interactions for the nutritional wellbeing of the animal
LO4 Explain how a typical on-farm and commercial ration for monogastric and ruminant animals is formulated
LO5 Be capable of completing a feed budget for an animal production system
LO6 Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental impact of animal nutrition and strategies to minimise this.
LO7 Demonstrate a knowledge of the link between animal nutrition and the health of those consuming animal products, including the role of nutritionally enhanced animal products (e.g. high vitamin D eggs).
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Digestive Systems of Monogastric and Ruminant Animals
Digestive and Nutritional Disorders, their diagnosis, prevention and treatment
The Main Food Groups
Carbohydrates, proteins and fats • Minerals and Vitamins
Ration Formulation
•Production and procurement of quality ingredients – grain, industrial by-products (such as brewers and distillers grains, citrus pulp), silage, hay, straw, protein crops - for on-farm rations • Assessing quality/price ratio of bought-in protein and other ingredients • Feeding systems, automatic feeders, use of Feeder Wagons. • Formulation of rations for dairy cows, cattle, sheep and pigs.
Addressing nutritional problems
Conducting a full scale trouble shooting exercise to determine pinch points within the animal production system from the quality of the soil, plant and subsequently the animal
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions A MCQ on aspects of animal nutrition will take place on material covered. 1,2 10.00 Week 14
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Conduct a complete feed budget for a species of the students choice. The project can be based on the students own farm or that of a neighbouring farm. 2,3,4,5 25.00 Week 24
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical labs will be conducted as part of this module. Labs will focus on determining the nutritional composition of agricultural food / feed and field reports 1,2,3,4,5 25.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 26 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 26 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning Time 26 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 130.00