Course code HFX255

HFX255 Sustainable Dairy and Beef Production

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Course responsible: Margrete Eknæs
Teachers: Harald Volden
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in the spring parallel. The course has teaching / assessment in the spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annual
First time: 2019H
Course contents:

The course deals with cattle milk and meat production under Norwegian conditions, where focus is on factors influencing quantity and quality of milk and beef, management and mechanization, economy,  sustainability and resource use.

The main parts will consist of a) dimension, structure and economic importance of milk- and beef production in Norway, b) milk synthesis and factors affecting milk yield and chemical composition of milk, c) milk quality and assessment of milk quality, d) udder health and fertility, e) growth and development of fattening animals, f) carcass and meat quality, g) feed resources, feed evaluation and feed requirements in milk and beef production, h) factors influencing feed intake and feed efficiency and feeding strategies in milk and beef production, i) principles of feed planning and feed optimization, including economy, in cattle production, j) feeding and management of a dairy cow during lactation and gestation k) mechanization in milk and beef production, l) animal welfare. Group work with basis in a practical situation. The students are given information about the current situation and new strategies for improved management should be suggested. In order to succeed analytical skills combined with a multidisciplinary approach must be used.

Learning outcome:

Be able to analyze and propose solutions for relevant interdisciplinary issues related to feeding, housing, health, fertility, product quality and economy at herd level.

Be able to use feed planning tools such as 'OptiFôr' to optimize feeding in a given herd.

Learning activities:
Lectures, group work with presentation with teacher present, problem-based learning and excursion.
Teaching support:
Will be presented at the start of the course.
HFX130 eller HFX131og HFX132, HFX133, HFA200, HFE200, HET201.
Recommended prerequisites:
HFE202, HFE203, HFX201, HFX202, HFA251.
Mandatory activity:
Group work with oral presentations and submission of an assignment is mandatory. Group work counts 40% of final grade.
Oral exam (counts 60% of final grade), group work (counts 40%).
Reduction of credits:
The course is given in Norwegian.
Oral exam with external examiner.
Examination details: Combined assessment: A - E / F