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dc.contributor.authorMatthew, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorParkinson, Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorKemp, Pen_US
dc.coverage.spatialMelbourne, VIC, Australiaen_US
dc.date.available2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifierhttp://ruminantsteachingworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Matthew.pdfen_US
dc.identifier.citation2012en_US
dc.description.abstractWe describe a teaching methodology evolved over 25 years for taking incoming students with little farming background to near-consultancy level in terms of ability to discuss feed supply and demand manipulation with practicing farmers. The methodology is currently used in a double semester course offering to 2nd year BVSc students at Massey University with positive feedback from students. Component skills such as visual assessment of herbage mass are introduced at the outset. A keystone of the methodology is the provision of student operated 'farmlets' with 16 sheep on 0.8 ha, where the storage of autumn-surplus feed as increased herbage mass, and release back to animals for winter and early lactation feed is demonstrated. Feed budget calculations for these farmlets in units of MJ metabolisable energy and kg pasture DM/ha/ day promote understanding of animal physiology principles and simulate those of a larger scale commercial farm. As currently offered the module comprises 20 lectures and 5 organised 2 hour farmlet discussion and data collection visits. Students complete additional farmlet work in their own time, such as moving or weighing sheep. Two written assignments promote integration of component knowledge and ownership of that information by participants.en_US
dc.sourceRuminant Teaching Workshopen_US
dc.titleFacilitating vertical integration of knowledge from animal physiology to farm system levelen_US
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.date.finish-date2012-12-13en_US
dc.date.start-date2012-12-12en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id192685
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Sciences/PVC's Office - College of Sciences
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://ruminantsteachingworkshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Matthew.pdfen_US


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