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Dairy Cattle Nutrition, Forage Production and Conservation

Aeres University of Applied Sciences

Certificate / Diploma Short course Dronten

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Optimal fodder production, incl. storage and preservation, in combination with optimum dairy cattle nutrition management in order to achieve maximum technical and financial performance on dairy farms
Course description Feeding management on commercial dairy farms is linked, besides milk production levels, with milk quality, condition and health of animals and their fertility status. Also young stock rearing systems determine to a large extend the quality of the dairy cow on the farm. Feeding costs usually make up often over fifty % of the variable costs on a commercial dairy farm. That is why production of good quality and enough quantity of roughage in combination with proper feeding management is the foundation for optimal technical and financial results on commercial dairy farms all over the world. During this course participants will learn how to optimize their fodder production, storage and conservation, feeding of dairy cattle and young stock rearing management taking into consideration as much as possible the conditions in which the participants have to work at home. Attention will also be given to calculation and interpretation of fodder production and feeding management performance indicators in order to monitor fodder production and feeding management including greenhouse gas emissions.
Study subjects Forage production plans; grassland & grazing systems; fodder crops & conservation; storage systems. Roughage balance; quality aspects of roughages and interpretation of feeding value analysis reports; preparing feeding plans; ration calculation systems; rumen fermentation; demonstration of feeding systems including “total mixed ration (TMR)”; monitoring of feeding management
Course objectives At the end of the programme you will be able to develop a forage production plan and a grazing management plan, making silage. You will be able to calculate dimensions of silage pits, making a roughage balance and to interpret feed analysis reports. You can calculate rations for various dairy cattle cow groups and young stock, rear calves.
ECTS credits 4.00
Duration 4 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes excursion, individual assignment, lecture
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About the institution

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Information about the institution Talent for growth. That is what Aeres University of Applied Sciences (Aeres UAS) from the Netherlands stands for. Our university is rooted in the agricultural and educational higher education. We focus on education, research and sharing knowledge. This is how we contribute to the development of innovative professionals. Professionals who are capable of taking responsible decisions in a complex world, with a natural talent for acting sustainable. Aeres University of Applied Sciences offers Bachelor programmes, a Master programme and a number of short courses. We have three faculties in the cities: Dronten, Almere and Wageningen. We share the same vision and mission, but we each have our own profile and identity. Aeres UAS is part of the Aeres group, which also contains TVET colleges in Agriculture and Aeres Training Centre International (ATCI) in Barneveld. The short coures of Aeres UAS are offered in close cooperation with ATCI and result into a certificate or diploma.


Admission requirements
  1. Certificate level with at minimum 3 years of relevant working experience in the dairy sector
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.0
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Duration 4 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
6 Apr 2020 6 Feb 2020 19 Oct 2019
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)n.a.€ 3750n.a.
2020 (FT)n.a.€ 3750n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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