Full Title:Biotechnology in Animal Feeds
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:AGRI S9Z04
 
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2018/19 ( February 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of biotechnological advances in the feed industry, specific to the conversion of nutrients to high quality animal products. This is a rapidly growing area in all aspects of agriculture with rapid advances noted in the beef, dairy and broiler industries. This module offers a combination of interactive site visits, master practical classes, and lectures that engage student participation with many of the ongoing novel research studies and advances within feed biotechnology industries internationally.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically assess and evaluate merits and constraints of biotechnology in animal feeds and feeding.
  2. Synthesise and appraise the range of value added feedstocks and feed additives being researched and employed in the agri-food sector.
  3. Appraise and assess the biotechnological conversion of nutrients to quality animal products.
  4. Perform lab practical’s efficiently in relation to the compositional analysis and efficiency of specific feedstock’s.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Animal feeds and feeding
The digestive systems of ruminant and non-ruminant animals; Rumen microbiome and its role in the efficiency of nutrient utilisation and methane production; Types of traditional feed and feed composition.
Introduction to biotechnology in animal feeds and feeding
Merits and constraints of biotechnology in animal feeds and feeding; Legislation; Cost.
Feed additives
Enzymes as feed additives; Antibacterials in pig and poultry nutrition; microbial probiotics; Oligosaccharide feed additives; Additives for decreasing methane emissions; Role of yeast supplementation in ruminant nutrition; Concept and application of chelation/protection of mineral/trace element supplements; Protected (by-pass) fat and protein supplements; Novel/future protein supplements.
Feed Efficiency
Conversion of nutrients to quality animal products; Effects of diet modification and supplementation on beef quality, milk yield, nutrient absorption and animal waste. Molecular biomarkers for the genetic selection of animals with greater feed efficiency.
Value added feedstock
Feed with improved nutritional value, for example, GM crops with improved amino acid content. Feed with less environmental impact, for example, crops with improved phosphorus availability.
Laboratory practicals
Compositional analysis of animal feed products (Cellulose, hemi-cellulose, dry matter digestibility, sugar content, crude protein, calorific value) / Molecular markers for the identification of feed ingredients/ Analysis of biotech feed additives.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Site visits to Industry leaders in the animal feed sector will serve to re-emphasise topics covered in lectures and will be assessed by MCQ quiz. 2 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical skills/evaluation and report. Practical classes on analysis of biotech feed additivies e.g. phytase in poultry feed; Compositional analysis of animal feed products (Cellulose, hemi-cellulose, dry matter digestibility, sugar content, crude protein, calorific value). 4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Weekly lectures relating to course content. 2.60 Every Week 2.60
Practical Two laboratory classes on the compositional analysis of animal feed products. 0.40 Every Week 0.40
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Online Contact Online Discussion Forum 0.50 Every Week 0.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
This course has no Part Time workload.
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • John Wallace, Andrew Chesson 2008, Biotechnology in Animal Feeds and Animal Feeding, John Wiley & Sons, 2008 [ISBN: 3527615342]
  • Holger Zorn and Peter Czermak 2014, Biotechnology of Food and Feed Additives, Springer [ISBN: 9783662437612]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Michael Richard Bedford, Gary G. Partridge 2010, Enzymes in Farm Animal Nutrition [ISBN: 1845936744]
  • Satish Kumar Jindal, M. C. Sharma 2010, Biotechnology in Animal Health and Production [ISBN: 9789380235356]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • http://www.efsa.europa.eu/: n/a

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NACFB_9 Certificate in Food and Feed Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
DK_SAGBI_9 Master of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
DK_SAGPD_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology 1 Mandatory