Course code HFE205

HFE205 Feed and Feedstuffs in Animal Production

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Course responsible: Ingjerd Dønnem
Teachers: Elin Follaug Johnsen, Åshild Gunilla Ergon, Dejan Dragan Miladinovic, Egil Prestløkken, Anne Kjersti Uhlen, Øystein Ahlstrøm
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Anually
First time: Study year 2020-2021
Course contents:

Main subjects:

  • Forage and concentrated feed in Norwegian animal production. Statistics and development.
  • Principles for feed evaluation for ruminants and monogastrics.  
  • Chemical analyses to determine nutrient content and energy in feed and feed ingredients.
  • Feed ingredients applied in concentrated feed:  Grain, oil seeds, pulses, soybean meal and new alternative protein ingredients. Factors influencing chemical content and nutrient value. Norwegian produced and imported feed ingredients. Principals for growing sustainable, high quality, grass and grain crops for animal feed (including soil type, tillage, climate adapted production management and techniques).
  • Forage and silage production: Grass and pasture species, catch crops species. Harvesting and conservation methods. Factors affecting chemical content and nutrient value. Principles for forage production and key factors for obtaining high crops production of good nutrient quality to support an increased sustainable food production from ruminants.
  • Concentrated feed and feed technology: Processing methods.

The course consists of common part with PJHxxx. The common part comprises all the main subjects except of concentrated feed and feed technology. The special part of the course will cover more details of the topics: feed production in Norwegian agriculture policy, feed ingredients in concentrated feed, feed evaluation in different species at different life stages and factors affecting feed intake in animals. 

Learning outcome:
After completing the course, the students should be able to explain the feed evaluation for different production animals based on the animal’s digestion and metabolism. The students should know the most applied methods for feed and nutrient analyses, and understand feed declarations and be able to interpret feed analyses reports from a laboratory. It is expected that the student will have good knowledge in: The most important feed ingredients applied in concentrated feed to production animals, companion animals and fish. Principles for computer programs composing concentrate feed recipes, and the different processing methods at a feed factory. Importance and function of feed additives. Regulations concerning feed concentrates and feed additives. Extent and importance of Norwegian forage grass production. Principles for growing forage crops, oil seeds and grain and how managing practice can influence chemical content and nutrient value. Key factors important for nutrient value and feed intake of forage grasses and silage. Principles and methods for growing, harvesting and conservation of forage. At end of the course the student will have good insight and overview of the importance of concentrated feed and forage crops in Norwegian animal production, and be able to take part in discussions concerning use of concentrated feed and forage production in Norway.
Learning activities:
Class lectures, exercises with hand-in reports, group work with presentations, excursions
Teaching support:
Kraftfôr (Skrede, A. og Ahlstrøm, Ø. 2017). + More information will be given at the start of the course.
HFX132 and HFE200
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Exercises with reports, group work, excursions and guest presentations.
Written exam
Nominal workload:
450 hours
Reduction of credits:
5ECTS against PJH212, HFE202, HFE203 og HFX202
Students who have completed one or more of the overlapping courses HFE202, HFE203 or HFX202 previously, will be allowed to take the course, but with a 5-credit reduction. 
External examiner shall approve the questions for the written exam and shall evaluate the answers from all the candidates. 
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / F