AP3A93-Dairy Production

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: normally AP2A36
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Christopher Reynolds

Email: c.k.reynolds@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide the student with an advanced understanding of the essential principles of dairy production and a practical knowledge of key aspects of dairy farm management and decision making. The course is a more comprehensive and detailed extension of material covered in the part 2 module on Animal Production.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module it will be expected that the student will be able to:

  • Describe in detail and critically evaluate the underlying principles of managing and feeding dairy cattle and the implications of management decisions.

Additional outcomes:

During the course of the module students will also enhance/develop a range of transferrable skills including

  • team work

  • written communication

  • verbal communication

  • observational skills

  • decision making

  • initiative

  • critical analysis

Outline content:

The module is intended to provide an overview of the principles and practice of managing and feeding dairy cattle. Study visits compliment the lecture course. The module is of greatest relevance to students with a specific interest in the dairy industry. The lecture content covers: • Evolution of the dairy industry in the UK and globally • Dairy systems and facilities • Milk pricing and constraints to milk production • Milking and milk handling procedures and hygiene • Mastitis prevention and milk quality • Management of reproduction • Management of dry cows and the transition from gestation to lactation • Feeds and feeding for lactation and gestation • Nutrient management and environmental impact • Calf management and heifer rearing • Data recording and decision making The practical content covers: • Study visits to commercial dairy farms, including a case study evaluation of the dairy facilities at the Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a series of 50-minute lectures most weeks, supported by study visits.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Tutorials 2
Fieldwork 4
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 40
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:
A one-and-a-half hour examination consisting of 2 essay-type questions chosen from a total of 4. This contributes 50% of the overall assessment.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Report on the farm evaluation exercise 40%
Presentation on the farm evaluation exercise 10%

Each team will be awarded a presentation mark out of 10 based on the mean mark of two markers.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment arrangements: By re-examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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