Course code HFE302

HFE302 Nutrition and Diet Optimisation in Ruminants

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Course responsible: Egil Prestløkken, Angela Dagmar Schwarm
Teachers: Elise Hatch Fure, Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen, Alemayehu Kidane Sagaye
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
The study programme Master in Animal Science.
Course contents:
Introduction to theories that influence the supply and utilisation of nutrients for ruminants. Performance of in vivo experiments with cannulate dairy cows. The experiment will measure fermentation products in the rumen, digestion kinetics and nutrients in blood and animal products. Introduction to and use of systems and computer tools for optimising feed allowances for ruminants. The in vivo experiment and laboratory work will be carried out in the June block.
Learning outcome:

After the course has been completed, students should have an elementary and applied understanding of:

1. Methods used for chemical analysis of feed and analytical methods for determining metabolic compounds in blood and animal products.

2. Dietary metabolism in the digestive tract.

3. Mathematical description of nutrient metabolism in the digestive tract.

4. Absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract and how it is affected by diet composition.

5. Intermediary metabolism of absorbed nutrients and how they affect nutrient utilisation and production responses.

6. Regulation and determination of feed intake.

7. Determination of the nutritional value of feed for ruminants.

8. Introduction to new systems for feed evaluation in ruminants.

9. How feeding strategies in ruminants affect nutrient requirements and production responses.

10. Mathematical methods and tools for optimising feed allowances.

After the course has been completed, the student shall have elementary knowledge of practical feed planning and ration optimisation for ruminants.

Learning activities:
The course is a combination of lectures, flipped classroom and exercises including performance of an animal experiment.  Teaching in English if English speaking participants.!
Teaching support:
Materials to be copied will be handed out. These cover the subjects brought up in the lectures. It is assumed that the students will find literature on their own, which will be needed to carry out the exercises.
Recommended prerequisites:
KJM100, KJB100, HFE200, HFX201, HFX255
Mandatory activity:
The animal experiments and laboratory work are compulsory.
Student assessment will be as oral examination and exercises in a ratio of 60:40. Pass is needed in both to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
375 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Instruction time: Lectures and flipped classrom: 50+ hours. Animal experiments: 150+ hours. Exercises and flipped classroom: 150+ hours. Working groups.
An external examiner will be used for the final, oral examination. The same external examiner will be used for ensuring the quality of the contents and design of the course before it starts.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades