2023-2024 / ANIM0025-1

Feeding dairy cow


9h Th, 9h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Yves Beckers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This 2-credit course complements the course "Biotechnical Aspects of Livestock Systems" and focuses on milk production by dairy cows. It is intended to specialize students in the field of dairy cow nutrition, mainly in temperate regions.
The course is made up of 2 different parts : 1. The ration formulation for the the dairy herd 2. The metabolic nutritional diseases in dairy cow

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims at training you to use your knowledge and undertsanding to formulate a balanced ration for the dairy herd following different goals :Optimize the use of feeds produced on the farm

  • The qualitative and quantitative milk production
  • The operation of the ruminant, including the metabolic nutritional diseases
The feeding of the dairy herd will be based on a practical case using a software.

The second objective is to study the main metabolic diseases of nutritional origin in dairy cows.

This course contributes to the acquisition of the following skills:

    1. Identify relevant qualitative and quantitative information related to an agronomic process
    2. Interpreting information related to an agronomic process in order to identify the main elements

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

ANIM0029-1 - Fondements et dynamiques des systèmes d'élevage (Mandatory)

ANIM0017-1 - Aspects biotechniques des systèmes d'élevage

BIOL2018-1 - Nutrition animale (Mandatory)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures : 12 h
Practical works : 12 h

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Personnal work

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus, copy of slides, an updated list of reference books are made available on the E-Campus site.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation will be based on a discussion of the ration proposed at the end of the course and the consequences on metabolic diseases in dairy cows.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The written reports must be sent via email at latest on the last day of the lecturer period in December of the academic year. Late reports will not be considered and an absence mark will automatically be given.


Beckers Yves Precision livestock and Nutrition - GxABT Passage des Déportés, 2 B-5030 Gembloux 081/62-21-19 Yves.Beckers@uliege.be

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