Graduate School VMAS


Environmental impact from animal production, 2 credits

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.

2 credits

Assigned as postgraduate student in biological sciences, alternatively in social sciences with a dissertation topic related to the environmental effects of livestock agriculture.

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