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Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production

Organic and Low Input Ruminant Production

Release Date: Each May

This module examines the concepts behind ruminant production in a low input or organic system, primarily in temperate contexts. It considers alternative methods of production, from unique forages and sward mixtures to interesting animal breeds that could provide a more tailored product for niche markets. The course also looks at natural methods of disease control that can be adopted by low input or organic systems. The module aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the latest research into low-input and organic farming.


  • Overview of production systems
  • Low input markets
  • Nutrition in low input systems
  • Home grown feeds
  • Nutrient flow
  • Rotation management
  • Breeding
  • Disease control and positive welfare/health approaches
  • Ruminants in mixed farming systems
  • The future for low input farming


Tutors Name
Dr Sarah Watson-Jones


Sara Worrall

This is the best experience I have had of higher education distance learning. I was extremely well supported and advised and I am looking forward to continuing

Sara Worrall International Charity Coordinator -
Victoria Pitts

Excellent up to date research material that is thought provoking and questions the need for conventional practices when a transition to low input ruminant systems has so many benefits for farmers and ecosystem services

Victoria Pitts - Farm Secretary Services
Tom Furness

It's my first module on the DL MSc and I wasn't sure how I'd manage engaging in it. I think it's exceptionally well structured, and I'd highly recommend it.

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