ANU-31306 Feed Technology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper20
Group work8
Excursion (one day)4
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. AFB van der Poel
Lecturer(s)dr. AK Kies
dr. ir. AFB van der Poel
ing. T Zandstra
ing. SJJ Alferink
dr. ir. JW Schrama
MSc S Salazar Villanea
dr. ir. G Bosch
M Thomas
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AFB van der Poel

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Principles of Animal Nutrition (BSc); Animal Nutrition & Physiology (MSc).


- Livestock feed manufacturing (Learning in practice; PTC+ Barneveld);
- Ingredient processing & pet food manufacturing.
In the course Feed Technology, knowledge of effects of processing on nutrients and feeding value will be extended and quantified in lectures and practicals. Students will have practicals on certain unit operations to recognize and apply methodologies for monitoring processing effects; trial results will have to be described in a draft publication, including views from literature on the subject. Students will also take part in a group assignment in which for different animal species the change of nutrients and of digestion/utilization upon processing will be quantified. These results will be presented and discussed.

Learning outcomes:

- interpret principles of 'unit operations', their equipment and downstream equipment;
- evaluate process diagrams for processing diet ingredients and dry and wet animal feeds;
- recognize and apply methods for monitoring effects of feed processing and to manage variation and sources or error;
- conclude on possibilities to change nutrient digestion and utilization by processing/enzyme technology but also to critically evaluate conflicting views in literature on this issue;
- design, execute and report experiments that quantify interactions between processing and nutritional value.


- attending in lecturing/discussion;
- participation in practicals;
- ingredient technology;
- feed manufacturing (learning in practice; PTC+, Barneveld),
- group assignment and presentation.


- written exam (70%);
- research publication (15%)
- group assignment (15%)
For every part of the examination, a minimal grade of 5.0 is required.


Lecturing notes and scientific papers (loose leave)
Study guide
Practical manuals.

Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScB: Animal Nutrition6MO