Feed processing (ruminants) VETSCI5037

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will facilitate students to gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of how and why feeds are processed for ruminants.


5 week course. Approximately 1h lectures weekly, plus tutorial sessions and workbased learning.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment (1500 words approx) 100%

Course Aims

The course will enable students to identify the main constraints to the safe and effective use of feeds for ruminants and describe physical, chemical and enzymatic processing methods to improve feeding values, as well as product safety and quality.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 


■ Describe and critically appraise the reasons for processing ruminant feedstuffs;

■ Explain and evaluate the different methods used for preservation and reduction of pathogens and toxins in ruminant feeds;

■ Explain and evaluate the different methods used to improve the digestibility or other feeding values of ruminant feeds;

■ Critically evaluate the effect of feed processing methods designed to improve the quality and/or safety of ruminant products

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.