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.

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Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


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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.


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 16 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.