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Feed science and forage production

This course is for students that want to go more in depth in the fields of feed analyses, feed evaluation and feed production. A special emphasis is on forage from leys, although other feeds also are included in the course, as well as feeding aspects for the non-forage-eating species. The course contains in addition to lectures practical parts such as feed analyses, ley species identification and study visits. There are also exercises in feed optimization and in planning of ley production for different purposes. The course parts on ley production are performed together with crop science students to facilitate the formation of a common basis for future profession.

Additional course evaluations for HV0166

Academic year 2020/2021

Feed science and forage production (HV0166-40025) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2020/2021

Feed science and forage production (HV0166-M4025) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Feed science and forage production (HV0166-40120) 2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Feed science and forage production (HV0166-40135) 2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

HV0166 Feed science and forage production, 15.0 Credits

Fodervetenskap och vallfoderproduktion

Syllabus approved



Animal science Agricultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Feed analyse 6.00 1002
Feed optimization 1.00 1003
Final exam 8.00 1004

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to
- 180 credits at first cycle level, of which
- 60 credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine or 60 credits agricultural sciences (of which at least 30 credits animal science/zoology)
- English 6


The general aim of the course is to create knowledge of chemical analyses that describe the composition and utilization of feed. The course includes feed for herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. A special focus is placed on the forage production complexity through synergy between plant cultivation and animal science.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- suggest and justify relevant process technologies and methods for harvest and storage of feeds of vegetable and animal origin and be able to evaluate the influence on the nutritional and hygienic quality of the feed
- define and explain nutritional and anti-nutritional properties of different feeds
- suggest and describe relevant analyses for determining the nutritional content of the feed and the feeding value,
- understand the basic principles for optimization of a diet or a feed mixture,
- give concrete guidance in issues that concern forage production and utilization of forage from both production and nature conservation viewpoints,
- analyze how different factors of forage cultivation influence quantity and nutritional quality of the forage considering its use as a feed for different animal species or for other purposes,
- Discuss ethical considerations in choosing feed and feeding strategy.


Lectures will address the relationship between storing and processing methods and the nutritional and hygienic quality of the feed. Methods for evaluating the forage cultivation and harvesting methods and the nutritional quality of the forage when used for different animal categories will be covered in lectures, laboratory sessions and practical assignments. The course also covers the nutritional and anti-nutritional properties of the feeds. An important part of the course consists of laboratory analyzes of feeds that the students carry out and evaluate. The course also includes seminars, field trips and a project work.
In the course, lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions, study visits and project work are included.
Compulsory components occur within e g laboratory sessions, seminar, project work, exercises and study visits.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written and oral examination. Passed participation in compulsory course modules.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Costs in connection with study visit can be added.

The course can not be included in the exam at the same time as the courses BI1005, HV0117.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Nutrition and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: BI1005, HV0117
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science (270 hec) Animal Science - Master´s Programme Animal Science - Master´s Programme Acriculture Programme - Animal Science Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Animal science Agricultural science
Course code: HV0166 Application code: SLU-40008 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Nutrition and Management Pace: 100%