Laboratory Assistants: Andy Mueller, Kevin Spurlin and Marisa Huck
The intent of this course is to provide students with
the current understanding and recent concepts in utilization of forages and
concentrates by beef and dairy cattle. This
will include the understanding of forage quality and how it impacts the
utilization of forages for beef and dairy cattle. The course will also cover the utilization of traditional
concentrate feeds as well as by products feeds and how they influence forage
utilization by beef and dairy cattle. Another
important aspect will be the understanding of protein fractions in feedstuffs
and how they are utilized by ruminants. A large portion of the course will be devoted to formulating
diets for beef and dairy cattle. This
part of the course will address various scenarios associated with ration
formulation and trouble shooting with regard to feed ingredient selection in
order to satisfy the animal's nutrient requirement.
The lectures will be presented
by the instructors as listed in the syllabus.
The lectures will cover a topic and be presented in outline form.
The students will be expected to read assigned research papers as well
as review articles and other designated reading assignments.
These assignments will supplement the lectures and provide students
with a thorough understanding of the topic.
There will be occasions that students will have to go to the library
and read certain papers relevant to a current topic.
These reading assignments will enhance the student's understanding of
the lecture topic.
Students should have completed
a course in principles of animal nutrition prior to enrolling in this course.
laboratory will be presented to provide the student a further understanding of
techniques used by the nutritionist to learn about the composition of feed
ingredients fed to beef and dairy cattle.
The intent of the laboratory experience is to provide students the
opportunity to learn about chemical procedures used in feed analysis.
Also, the laboratory will provide students the opportunity to evaluate
the impact of nutrient composition on animal performance of beef and dairy
cattle. Students will develop
skills in ration formulation for beef and dairy cattle.
Students will be given 4 exams during the course of the semester. These exams will be spaced out during the semester as presented in the course syllabus. Laboratory exercises and computer exercises will also be given to the students in order to evaluate their understanding of analytical procedures for
feed analysis as well as formulation for beef and dairy cattle.
Points distributed for exams and other assignments: