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14.1.2020 klo 08:00 - 3.2.2020 klo 23:59


To 13.2.2020
12:00 - 16:00


Primarily for the Master’s students specializing in Animal Nutrition, Animal Science or in related disciplines.

Basics in feed evaluation and animal nutrition are required. Preceding studies include completed courses such as Chemical composition and nutritive value of feeds, Nutrition of ruminants, Nutrition and production of swine and poultry or equivalent courses.

After the course student is familiar with special characteristics and function of ruminant digestive system and knows how it affects feeding, feeding behaviour and wellbeing of the ruminant animal. The student is also able to understand how the ruminant nutrition is attributed to efficiency of nutrient utilization, milk and meat production and environmental emissions.

Period II, in uneven years.

  • Ruminants in the world.
  • Function of ruminant digestive tract.
  • Feed intake, rumen fermentation and digestion kinetics of feed nutrients.
  • Digestion, absorption and intermediary metabolism of nutrients.
  • Ruminant nutrition and feeding in relation to production, product quality and emissions.

Lectures, assignments. Attendance at the lectures and exercises are required.

24 h lectures, 12 h exercises 12 h, 99 h independent study

P. J. Van Soest 1994. Nutritional ecology of the ruminant. Second edition. Cornell University Press. 476 p.

Information on other study material such as scientific articles is given during the course.

Grading scale 0-5. Examination 70%, assignments 30%.

Professor Aila Vanhatalo

Replaces the former course 81672 (KERAV410) Märehtijän ravitsemusfysiologia, 10 cr.