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Livestock Nutrition

Livestock Nutrition

Release Date: Each September

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

This module will look at the principles of animal nutrition in a broad context, where the evaluation of feeds in a laboratory and field context will be discussed as will principles of energy and protein metabolism and nutrition. The consequences and possible causes of mineral and vitamin deficiencies and excesses will be considered. This knowledge will then be applied to develop an understanding of ration formulation. The module will then focus specifically on current research topics in livestock nutrition, drawing on the ongoing research in animal nutrition in IBERS.


  • Comparative digestive physiology
  • Fundamentals of energy metabolism
  • Amino acid biochemistry and metabolism
  • Roles and functions of minerals and vitamins
  • Dietary analysis and evaluation
  • Systems for ration formulation and evaluation
  • Design of animal nutrition experiments
  • Nutrient digestion and metabolism
  • Modulating alimentary microbial populations and their ecology
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and lipids in order to modify the characteristics of meat and milk



Helen Warren

“This module will be used to inform decisions regarding trials using Alltech solutions, as well as to answer technical and scientific queries from sales force and customers.”

Helen Warren Technical Manager - Alltech
Kimberley Glover

“I have learned that there are huge steps forward being identified in the way we can develop ruminant products that are more efficient and environmentally beneficial.”

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