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Introduces students to the production and management of pastures and general ruminant nutrition. In the pastures component topics include pasture types and species, pasture establishment, plant growth and development, grass-legume relationships, essential nutrients for pastures, seasonality of production and fodder conservation. The animal component examines the digestive physiology of ruminants compared with monogastrics, basic nutrition (protein, energy, water, vitamins, minerals, etc.), the development of feeding systems, feedstuff analysis, ration formulations, introductory animal breeding and genetics, animal selection methods, alpaca and goat production. Practicals provide experience in pasture assessment and laboratory techniques for the determination of feed quality.

Summary 2020

Unit name Pasture and Animal Science
Unit code KLA211
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Beth Penrose

Teaching staff

Dr Sarah Bonny

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 3-hr practicals weekly (13 wks)


3-hr theory exam (60%), mid-semester test (10%) and practical reports (30%)

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