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Get Smart with Grass: Grazing Management and Animal Nutrition

This course is aimed at farmers, smallholders, agri-advisors and horse owners interested in improving grazing management practice.

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Get Smart with Grass: Grazing Management and Animal Nutrition

  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of managing grazing for livestock or horses.

  • Herbivore Digestion
  • Nutritional Needs of Grazing Herbivores
  • Dietary manipulation to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Grazing & Grazing Management
  • Introduction to Grassland Management for Horses

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    The Principles of Ruminant and Equine Nutrition

    • The Principles of Ruminant and Equine Nutrition

      The Principles of Ruminant and Equine Nutrition

  • Week 2

    Dietary Manipulation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    • Dietary Manipulation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      Dietary Manipulation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Week 3

    Grazing Management for Ruminants

    • Grazing Management for Ruminants

      Grazing Management for Ruminants

  • Week 4

    Grazing Management for Horses

    • Grazing Management for Horses

      Grazing Management for Horses

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the basic principles of ruminant and equine nutrition.
  • Describe the effects of seasonality on the nutrient qualities of grasses.
  • Discuss approaches to reduce methane production in pasture-based systems.
  • Assess different grazing systems and key management strategies that aim to increase grass production and utilisation.
  • Compare and contrast approaches to grazing for horses and ruminants.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at livestock farmers, smallholders, horse owners, agri-advisors and vets. It provides a detailed introduction to managing grazing for livestock and/or horses.

Who will you learn with?

Based at Aberystwyth University, Sarah is a lecturer for IBERS Distance Learning and co-ordinates a number of modules aimed at the agri-food and environment sector.

Who developed the course?

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University has a proud reputation for leading edge research, teaching excellence and an exceptional student experience. It’s a place for the adventurous, the curious and the creative.

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$134/one-off payment

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
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$349.99 for one year

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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