Course detail

LZT5815 - Feed Quality and Forage Conservation for Animals


Credit hours

In-class work
per week
Practice
per week
Credits
Duration
Total
8
0
8
8 weeks
120 hours

Instructor
Luiz Gustavo Nussio

Objective
The objective of the course is to present and discuss themes related to feed quality and forage conservation for farming animals. The programme is based on basic and applied concepts related to plant growth and the corresponding anatomical and histological changes. Discussions will envolve aspects of herbage production, conservation and feeding, as well as the use of fibrous byproducts for ruminants. The critical analysis of experimental protocols aim at evaluating forage conservation and feed quality as a means of developing student’s

Content
1. Introduction: the concept of feed quality and characterization of plants for forage conservation purposes; 2. Cell wall and tissue organization; 3. Cell wall structural polysaccharides synthesis; 4. Phenolic compounds synthesis and lignin matrix constitution; 5. Environmental and genetic effects on cell wall composition and quality; 6. Methods for evaluating cell wall composition in forage plants; 8. Silage making: basic principles of anaerobic fermentation; 9 and 10. Silage making: microbiology and colonization kinetics; 11. Silage making: equipments and methodology for research purposes; 12. Hay making: Physiological modifications in the herbage after cutting; 13. Hay making: Equipments and methodology for research purposes; 14. Aditives for forage conservation; 15. Conservation of high humidity cereal grains; 16. Modelling of production systems using conserved feeds.

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