Semester: Spring
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Animal Science
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Contact person: dr Maja Słupczyńska
Short description: The course provides understanding of the advanced livestock nutrition to include the knowledge on comparative anatomy of farm animals digestive tracts, their functions and adaptations to intake a certain type of feeds, nutritional value, quality, recommendations and restrictions for feeds used in livestock nutrition, methods of their processing and modern systems of farm animals feeding.
Full description: Course covers issues on advanced knowledge of livestock nutrition, comparative anatomy of farm animals’ digestive tract, their functions and adaptation to intake of a specific type of feed, nutritional value, quality, recommendations and restrictions in feeds used in feeding livestock, on-farm and industrial methods of their processing, nutritional methods of prevention of metabolic diseases and gastrointestinal disorders and the impact of nutrition on the quality of animal origin products and health and reproduction of animals. The content of the course includes also the principles of modern feeding systems for farm animals, including organic ones, in the economic aspect and mitigation the negative impact of animal production on the natural environment as a result of nutrition optimization.
Bibliography: 1. ANIMAL NUTRITION. Seventh Edition. P. McDonald. R. A. Edwards. J. F. D. Greenhalgh. C. A. Morgan. L. A. Sinclair. R. G. Wilkinson. 2. Livestock Production and Climate Change. Editied by by P K Malik, R Bhatta, J Takahashi, R Kohn, C S Prasad. 3. Rational Livestock Nutrition in Rural Areas. Edited by B. Król and M. Słupczyńska, Publishing House UPWr. 4. NRC, Nutrient Reqiurements of Swine, National Academy of Science, 1998 5. NRC, Nutrient Reqiurements of Poultry, National Academy of Science, 1994 6. Jarrige R (ed). Ruminant Nutrition. INRA, Paris, 1989 7. NRC. Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle., National Academy of Science, 2000 8. NRC. Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle., National Academy of Science, 2001
Learning outcomes: After course completion In area of knowledge student: 1. has detailed knowledge of the comparative anatomy of the digestive tract of various livestock species, their functions and adaptation to intake of a specific type of feed; defines the types of feeds, their nutritional and economic value and knows which methods of processing to use to improve their nutritional value for a specific species of farm animals; 2. knows the etiology of metabolic diseases and digestive tract disorders as well nutritional methods of their prevention and knows the importance of nutrition in the reproduction of animals; knows nutritional methods of animal products enrichment with desirable ingredients and reducing undesirable ones; 3. has a thorough knowledge of the principles of modern feeding systems for livestock; knows economic factors determining the costs of animal feeding; knows the threats from animal production to the environment and knows nutritional methods of mitigation the negative impact of this production on the environment. In area of skills student: 1. is able to select the appropriate feeds for various species of farm animals, taking into account the anatomy of the digestive tract, physiology of digestion and feed composition;classifies feeds due to their chemical composition and is able to select appropriate feed processing methods depending on the species for which they are intended; 2. indicates the causes of metabolic diseases and disorders of the animals’ gastrointestinal tract and nutritional methods of their prevention; indicates nutrition solutions aimed at improving the quality of products of animal origin; 3. formulates and verifies diets for livestock according to modern feeding standards; estimates the costs of nutrition in animal production and analyzes the economic balance indicating method of their optimization; analyzes the effects of animal production on the environment and proposes alternative solutions in the feeding of farm animals aimed at mitigation its negative impact. In area of social competences student: 1. can work in a team and inspire and organize the learning process of other people; 2. is aware of the negative impact of livestock production on the environment and activities aimed at mitigation the risk; 3. understands the need for continuing education in the field of animal production.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: The assessment of practical classes (two multiple-choice tests, oral presentation and written reports from practical practical part of the course) and final exam grade covering the lectures contents (multiple-choice test) constitue 50% each of summative assessment of the course. A multiple-choice test should be deemed as passed if a student obtains at least 60% of total points possible to collect.

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