Nutrition of ruminants and non-ruminants

Subject description

The content is adapted to current topical themes from the field of nutrition of non-ruminants, primarily the fields of:

– needs for food: contemporary methods of assessing energy, amino acids and minerals.

– interaction between food and health state (digestive and immune system etc.)

– interaction between food and the environment: reduction of burden on the environment with the aid of food (enzymes, GMO, greenhouse gasses etc.)

– effects of some feed and feed additives: mainly the effects and operation of classical feed additives (probiotics, organic acids, plant extracts)

– antinutritive substances and toxins: mode of action, impact on health, prevention

– influence of feed on the quality of animal products: food influence on sensoric and nutritional (functional) value of animal products

– planning and implementation of nutrition research: : in vivo, in vitro, in sacco

Individual themes also include familiarity with research methods. Some analytical methods will be presented within the framework of laboratory practicals.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The aim of the subject is that by means of lectures, preparation of seminar tasks and work in the laboratory, students work on individual topical themes in the nutrition of ruminants and non-ruminants. They learn to solve nutritional problems on the level of supply, animal breeding, health state of the digestive organs, immune system, environment or protection of the environment, the specifics of mode of action of some feeds and feed additives in the animal nutrition. Students get to know some analytical approaches to resolving research problems of feed of animals through selected practical laboratory exercises.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (10 hours) and seminar (5 hours): in the classroom.

Practical tutorials: laboratory work (15 hours) in small groups in the laboratory.


Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

The intended learning outcome is to qualify the student for planning and implementing research connected with these problems in animal nutrition.

The intended learning outcome is to qualify the candidate for carrying out research in the field of animal nutrition. The candidate should be capable after passing the examination of critical judgement of the results of his or her own research and current phenomena connected with the nutrition of animals.

Basic sources and literature

Aktualni članki s posameznega področja oz. vsebin, druga učna gradiva.

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