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Reminder: NOVA MSc Course Feed Ration Planning in Dairy Cattle Herds - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 5 - 15 August 2019, in Aarhus, Denmark.
Deadline for applications: 1 Apr. 2019.

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The course is available from Aarhus University’s regular course catalogue and through AU Summer University’s course catalogue. Students can apply through AU Summer University’s application process.

The course is of 5 ECTS, and is organised by Professor Martin Weisbjerg, Aarhus University: Science and Technology.

Course Description
The objective of the course is to qualify the students to plan, evaluate and discuss feeding rations in commercial dairy herds. The teaching, student forum and the teacher collegium will be international with a focus on a Scandinavian setting.

Before the course students individually prepare a report (2 standard pages) and presentation (10 min) about their current and previous national feed evaluation system for dairy cattle. During the course students are trained to plan, evaluate and discuss feeding rations in commercial dairy herds using the NorFor system, and to discuss elements of this based on lectures, literature, farm data and cases, excursions, individual and group discussions, exercises and report writing. After the course students will prepare a group report (3-4 standard pages per student) on feed budgeting and planning in commercial dairy herds with a focus on ration optimisation to optimal production level and cost minimisation. At the end of the course the groups present their report outline and status.

Programme Outline
The two weeks course during August will be intensive with a high workload during days, evenings and weekend, but there will also be room for social and cultural activities.
The workload is distributed as follows:

  • Preparation for the course: Self-study (20 h)
  • Course: Lectures, exercises, group work, excursions (100 h)
  • After the course: Report writing under supervision (30 h)

 Main teachers:

  • Associate Professor Egil Prestløkken, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Researcher Thomas Pauly, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Associate Professor Mark Hanigan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
  • Senior Advisor Nicolai Ingemann Nielsen, SEGES, Denmark
  • Post doc Marianne Johansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Professor Martin Riis Weisbjerg, Aarhus University, Denmark


Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 19. March 2019 - 12:53 - Updated 19. March 2019 - 12:53