ASC273 Animal Nutrition (8)

This subject is an introduction to the principles of ruminant and monogastric nutrition. Students will complete a principles module covering nutrients in animal feeds, nutrient digestion, absorption and metabolism in monogastrics and ruminants. Students will then complete a module covering the use of quantitative feeding standards, using ruminant animals as an example, and the application of these to cattle and sheep production systems.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC273. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to list key nutrients for animals
  • be able to outline how carbohydrates, lipids and proteins can be categorised
  • be able to describe the digestion of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in monogastrics and ruminants
  • be able to describe the functions of minerals and vitamins in the nutrition of animals, and list the sources as well as the clinical signs associated with a deficiency symptoms of these nutrients
  • be able to describe how a feedstuff could be analysed for dry matter, organic matter, lipid content, protein and fibre contents
  • be able to demonstrate the use of feeding standards to calculate the nutrient requirements of ruminants
  • be able to formulate rations to meet the nutrient requirements of ruminants
  • be able to demonstrate the practical application of science to the feeding of animals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Comparative anatomy of various digestive systems
  • Nutrients in feeds
  • Digestion of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins in ruminants and monogastrics
  • Metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
  • Role of minerals and vitamins in animal nutrition
  • Analysis of animal feeds
  • Feeding standards
  • Ration formulation
  • Feeding management
  • Regulation of feed intake and factors influencing feed intake
  • Approaches to estimate quantitative requirements for energy and protein in ruminants


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.