Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Nutrition and Feeding of Farm Animals
Course code:VKHZ
Course title in language of instruction:Výživa a krmení hospodářských zvířat
Course title in Czech:Výživa a krmení hospodářských zvířat
Course title in English:Nutrition and Feeding of Farm Animals
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Marie Balabánová, Ph.D. (instructor)
doc. Ing. Pavel Veselý, CSc. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:The aim of this course is to acquaint students with correct nutrition and feeding techniques of farm animals oriented on large-scale production, so that the students can make qualified judgement about the need of feedstuffs production, effective treatment of feedstuffs and preservation and storage of feeds.
Course contents:
1.The function of nutrients in animal organism, requirement of nutrients and their sources. Feeding and digestibility of feeds. Factors influences nutrient digestibility. Requirement of quantity and quality value of roughage. Principles of effective use of roughage and evaluation of feeds. Preservation of feedstuffs. Principles of preservation by ensilage. Forage ensilability. Influence of agrotechnic and technology factors on fermentation progress and on silage quality. Silage preservatives and their use. Stages of fermentation process. Ensilage losses and losses after opening silo. Aerobic stability of silages. Evaluation of ensilage quality. Ensilage of primary kinds of forrage and food industrie's remainders. Storage and processing of roughage. Nutrition and feeding technique of cattle, sheeps, horses, pigs and poultry. Balance of feedstuffs. (allowance 0/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to solve problems
-general knowledge
-leadership skills
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability qualified pass judgment on requirements zootechnics on plant production
-Ability realization effective preparation of feeds
-Ability realize requisite production feedstuffs
-Acquire knowledge about rational nutrition and technique of feeding
-Gaining knowledge on nutrition and livestock feeding technology, ability to assess requirements of a zootechnician in regard to crop production
-Master process technology conservation and storing feedstuffs

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Written, respectively oral test. Examination paper 4 questions, demand on 60 % correct answer. Oral test 30- 40 mins, demand on 60 % correct answer.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     consultation8 h
     preparation for exam60 h
     preparation for regular assessment32 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     elaboration and execution of projects10 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • ZEMAN, L. -- DOLEŽAL, P. -- KOPŘIVA, A. -- MRKVICOVÁ, E. -- PROCHÁZKOVÁ, J. -- RYANT, P. -- SKLÁDANKA, J. -- STRAKOVÁ, E. -- SUCHÝ, P. -- VESELÝ, P. -- ZELENKA, J. Výživa a krmení hospodářských zvířat. 1st ed. Praha: Profi Press, s.r.o., 2006. 360 p. ISBN 80-86726-17-7.
  • DOLEŽAL, P. Výživa zvířat a nauka o krmivech: (cvičení). 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2004. 292 p. ISBN 80-7157-786-3.
  • ZELENKA, J. -- KOPŘIVA, A. -- ZEMAN, L. Výživa a krmení hospodářských zvířat. 2nd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, 2003. 54 p. ISBN 80-7157-641-7.
  • DOLEŽAL, P. -- DOLEŽAL, J. -- MIKYSKA, F. -- MRKVICOVÁ, E. -- ZEMAN, L. Konzervace, skladování a úpravy objemných krmiv. Brno: AF MZLU Brno, 2006. 247 p. 2248. ISBN 80-7157-993-9.
  • DRYDEN, G M. Animal nutrition science. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Pub., 302 p. ISBN 978-1-84593-412-5.
  • VESELÝ, P. -- SKLÁDANKA, J. Výživa zvířat v ekologickém zemědělství. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2007. 40 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-065-7.