This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.
Provides Master of Applied Science students with advanced knowledge in the production and management of pastures in grazing animal systems 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, basic nutrition (protein, energy, water, vitamins, minerals, etc), the development of feeding systems and ration computations and feed analysis. Practicals provide experience in pasture measurement and assessment and laboratory techniques for determination of ruminant feed quality.
Students will be expected to develop advanced skills in reporting their field and laboratory experiences in the form of a scientific journal paper incorporating published literature in their discussion and inferences. A written report on pasture/forage as an essential source of nutrition for livestock and the role of supplements in optimising animal performance considering the economics of supplementation will be required.
|Unit name||Pasture and Animal Science|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
Dr Beth Penrose
Dr Sarah Bonny
|Available as student elective?||No|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
26 lectures, 13x3-hr practical classes
3-hr theory exam (60%), pasture sampling practical report (10%), evaluation of ruminant feed quality laboratory practical report (10%), mid-semester test (5%), essay on pasture/forage for livestock nutrition and the economics of supplementation for optimal performance (15%);
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