Diet and nutrition
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Acquire knowledge, understanding and skills related to the chemical and nutritional characteristics of feeds and the formulation of diets for animals.
Acquire skills to apply knowledge and understanding in the evaluation and formulation of diets for animals with particular reference to pigs and horses in the different phases of their production cycle
Gaining independence of judgment in the interpretation of pathological conditions related to metabolic dysfunctions.
Acquire communicative skills that will enable to deal clearly and with the appropriate terms the topics that will be submitted.
To acquire a learning ability that will enable a multidisciplinary approach to topics that will be submitted
Have completed the examinations for the preparatory courses provided by the Teaching Regulations
Course contents summary
The first part of the course is aimed at understanding the differences in the chemical composition of the foods that are used in the formulation of animal diets: Hays, silage, simple foods and their by-products
In the second part we present the systems of evaluation of the nutritional value of foods
In the third part shows the digestive and nutritional characteristics of pigs and horses as well as eating plans to be adopted in the early stages of the production cycle of pigs and horses
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- Piccioni M. (1989) - Dizionario degli alimenti per il bestiame. Edagricole, Bologna
- McDonald P., Edwards R.A., Greenhlgh J.F.D. (1992) - Nutrizione animale. Ed. Tecniche Nuove, Milano
- National Research Council (2012) Nutrient Requirement of Swine . National Academic Science. Washington D.C.
- Verstegen M.V.A., Moughan P.J., Schrama J.W. (1998) - The lactating sow. Wageningen Pers, Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.
- Pluske J.R., Le Dividich J., Verstegen M.W.A. (2003) - Weaning the pig.Wageningen Pers, Wageninge Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.
FRAPE D. (2004) - Equine nutrition & feeding. 3rd ed .Blackwell Publishing, Oxford ,UK.
NRC (1989) - Nutrient Requirements of Horses, Fifth Revised Edition ,National Research Council, Washington D.C.
During the lectures the student will learn to know and understand the differences between nutritional foods, the different nutritional requirements of pigs and horses in relation to the production cycle and how to formulate a ration.
During laboratory exercises students can accomplish independently and practical solutions to problems faced during the lectures
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will be oral but may also include written exercises designed to test the level of knowledge and skills acquired by the student in the solution of practical problems through the formulation of mixed feed or rations and recognition through their chemical composition. The student will demonstrate knowledge of connecting the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired will be evaluated positively (rating scale 0-30)
The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded before the beginning of the course on the Elly platform.
To download the slides, you need to enroll in the online course.