Graduate School VMAS
The course is built around the feed cycle, i. e. the production of feed crops; their storage, handling and feeding; and the recirculation of animal wastes to new feed crops. The contribution from each step as well as the aggregated environmental impact for entire production systems are highlighted. Animal-specific properties of dairy and beef cattle, horses, pigs and poultry that are linked to environmental issues are covered. Greenhouse gases and losses of P and reactive N are the emphasized issues. Self-supplying systems serve as a model, but the actual situation with global trade of feeds, fertilizers and other inputs is also covered. The course time is equally divided between lectures and group work.
Assigned as postgraduate student in biological sciences, alternatively in social sciences with a dissertation topic related to the environmental effects of livestock agriculture.