ANU-31306 Feed Technology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work1
Excursion (one day)2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. G Bosch
Lecturer(s)E van Eerden
dr. ir. JW Schrama
dr. ir. G Bosch
M Thomas
dr. AK Kies
dr. ir. S de Vries
Examiner(s)dr. ir. G Bosch

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

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


In this course, an overview is given of the processes and their effects on physical properties, safety, nutrients, their reactivity and their feeding value. The main objective of this course is that students understand the potential of processes and its control (e.g. in order to avoid problems) in feed manufacturing or animal nutrition and to modify nutrient utilization of ingredients or complete diets. Inherent scientific literature will be provided, will be discussed and has to be understood.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- read and understand scientific publications on feed technology issues;
- discuss technological subjects/to write a draft publication based on ‘own’ research;
- interpret the principles of ‘unit operations’ and their equipment and to evaluate process diagrams for processing and utilization of feedstuffs or complete animal diets;
- recognise and apply methods for monitoring the effects of feed processing on nutrient digestibility/utilization and to manage variation and sources of errors (current problems in animal feed manufacturing);
- recognise and to apply process systems of feedstuffs and diets with regard to the modification of (un)desired components and to the optimal use of additives;
- conclude on possibilities to elucidate manufacturing problems and discuss them;
- propose/judge scientific questions on methods/ interpretation of research results.


- attending in lecturing/discussion;
- participation in practicals;
- feed manufacturing (learning in practice; Aeres, Barneveld);
- scientific writing; 
- group assignment and presentation.


- written exam (70%);
- research publication (15%)
- group assignment (15%)
For each part a minimal grade of 5.50 is required. 


Course outline, lecturing notes, ppt's, scientific papers, practical manual

Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Nutrition and Metabolism6MO