Course curriculum

  • 1

    Using the RCS Global Learning Hub platform

  • 2

    Let's Get You Started

  • 3

    Module 1 - Feed curves and the nutritional seasons

    • Introduction to module 1

    • The Foundations

    • The Four Key Concepts

  • 4

    Foundation Knowledge and First Concepts

    • What is a Feed Curve?

    • The 7 step simple process used in going back to basic and first principles

    • Summing up - Feed Curves

    • The foundations

  • 5

    Creating Your Own Feed Curves

    • Why Do I Need to Create a Feed Curve?

    • How Do I Go About Creating a Feed Curve?

    • Downloadable Feed Curve Spreadsheet - option 1

    • Downloadable Paper Version of a Feed Curve - option 2

    • Filling In Your Spreadsheet - Step 1 (option 1)

    • Step 2 - using the spreadsheet (option 1)

    • Step 3 - using the spreadsheet (option 1)

    • Step 4 - using the spreadsheet (option 1)

    • Filling in the Data on Your Feed Curve Spreadsheet - a step through video

    • Filling In Your Paper Table - Step 1 (option 2)

    • Step 2 - using the paper table (option 2)

    • Step 3 - using the paper table (option 2)

    • Creating Your Own Feed Curves

  • 6

    Creating Your Own Nutritional Seasons

    • What is a nutritional season?

    • Why do I need to insert my nutritional seasons?

    • How to Insert Nutritional Seasons Into Your Feed Curve

    • Define Your Nutritional Seasons - descriptors and guide

    • Still Not Sure How To Fill In the Table?

    • Filling in the Data on Your Feed Curve Spreadsheet - a step through video TEMPERATE Nutritional Season example

    • Filling in the Data on Your Feed Curve Spreadsheet - a step through video TROPICAL Nutritional Season example

    • Examples of Temperate and Tropical Nutritional Seasons - if you have used the spreadsheet (option 1)

    • If Using the Paper Template - option 2

    • Creating Your Own Nutritional Seasons -Temperate climate

    • Creating Your Own Nutritional Seasons -Tropical climate

  • 7

    The Basis of All Nutrition

    • The Fundamental Source of Nutrition

    • Basis of Nutrition

      FREE PREVIEW
    • The Role of Grazing in Nutrition

    • C3 Plants versus C4 Plants

    • The Difference Between C3 and C4 Grasses

    • Basis of all Nutrition

  • 8

    Grass Growth and Phases (Sigmoid Curve)

    • Grass Growth and Phases (Sigmoid Curve)

    • The Sigmoid Curve Explained

    • Plant Growth

    • Animals Can Starve in Either Phase I or III

    • Grass Growth and Phases (Sigmoid Curve)

  • 9

    Linking Grass Phases to the Dung

    • Linking Grass Phases to the Dung - the best diagnostic tool

    • Cattle – Phase I Illustration

    • Cattle – Phase II Illustration

    • Cattle – Phase III Illustration

    • Cattle – Phase III plus supplementing nitrogen Illustration

    • Sheep Phase II Illustration

    • Sheep Phase III Illustration

    • Linking Grass Phases to Dung

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Supplementation Versus Substitution

    • Grass Growth and Phases - Sigmoid Curve

    • Linking Grass Phases to the Dung

  • 10

    Your Module 1 Actions

  • 11

    Module 2 - Rumen Function, Water and Energy

    • Introduction to module 2

    • Introduction

  • 12

    Rumen Design and Function

    • Nutrient Groups and Rumen Basics

    • Nutrient Groups and Rumen Basics

    • Nutrient Groups and Rumen Basics - add video mod 2.2

    • The four-part stomach

    • 3 types of herbivore stomachs

    • Life inside a functioning rumen

    • Chemistry inside the rumen - some warnings

    • Microbial protein

    • The essential nutrients for nutrition

    • Rumen Design and Function Introduction

    • Nutrient Groups and Rumen Basics

  • 13

    Increasing Production with Water Quality

    • Increasing Production with Water Quality

    • Water sources for ruminants

    • Why water is so important

    • Water intake

    • Temperature impacts

    • Influences on water intake - cattle

    • Influences on water intake - sheep

    • Impact of high temperatures

    • Some other points to remember in regard to water intake

    • Water quality and pH

    • Changing water quality with magnets

    • Determining water requirements

    • Increasing Production with Water Quality

  • 14

    Energy Part A: Linking Energy and Digestibility of Feed to Performance

    • Energy Part A - Linking Energy and Digestibility of Feed to Performance

    • What is Energy?

    • The importance of energy

    • Energy from supplements

    • Estimates of energy requirements for different livestock classes

    • Sources of energy

    • Dry matter digestibility

    • Intake

    • Dry Matter Intake

    • Digestible energy

    • Dry Matter Digestibility % (DMD)

    • The significance of small changes in digestibility

    • Digestibility is a great lever

    • So, if we change the inputs...

    • Difference in energy

    • Energy Part A- Linking Energy and Digestibility of Feed

  • 15

    Energy Part B: Using the Pathway of Energy for Greatest Production

    • Energy Part B - Using the Pathway of Energy for Greatest Production

    • Gross Energy

    • Gross Energy - continued

    • Net energy

    • Net energy - continued

    • Net energy and feed quality

    • The partitioning of energy

    • Feed budgeting

    • Feed not budgeted

    • Avoiding drought situations

    • Drought feeding

    • Energy feeding

    • Summary

    • Energy Part B- Using the Pathway of Energy for Greatest Production

  • 16

    Your Module 2 Actions

    • Ruminant Nutrition Workbook for module 2

    • Summary and actions

    • Your module 2 actions

    • Summary cards for reference

    • Where to From Here

  • 17

    Module 3 - Degradable Protein

    • Introduction to module 3

  • 18

    Introduction

    • Rumen Degradable Protein

    • The Terry McCosker Experience

    • Rumen Degradable Protein Introduction

  • 19

    Rumen Degradable Protein Part A: Theory

    • Rumen Degradable Protein Part A - Theory

    • Rumen degradable protein (RDP)

    • Why use RDP?

    • Feeding RDP

    • Crude protein

    • Protein: Energy

    • Pathway of protein through the rumen

    • Pathway of protein through the rumen - examined

    • Pathways - further examination

    • Non-protein nitrogen

    • Nitrogen

    • Ammonia

    • When should we feed rumen degradable protein?

    • Non-protein nitrogen (NPN) supplementation

    • Factors affecting urea based supplement intake

    • Recommended amounts of supplement

    • Urea poisoning

    • Urea and fertility

    • Knowing when to feed and why

    • Digestible organic matter:Crude protein

    • Too much legume in the diet

    • RDP and Increased Stocking Rate

    • Utilisation of plant proteins in the ruminant animal

    • Rumen Degradable Protein Part A - Theory

  • 20

    Rumen Degradable Protein Part B: Practical Aspects

    • Rumen Degradable Protein Part B - Practical Aspects

    • Practical aspects of feeding rumen degradable protein

    • Diagnosing protein and energy deficiencies using NIRS - Faecal NIRS as a diagnostic tool

    • Faecal sampling technique

    • Drying techniques

    • Submitting a NIRS sample

    • What does NIRS tell me? - Digestible crude protein % (DCP)

    • What does NIRS tell me? - Faecal nitrogen concentration %

    • What does NIRS tell me? - Non grass in the diet

    • Where to send faecal samples (Australia)

    • Forms of feeding RDP

    • Water medication

    • Examples of Water Medicators

    • To treat alkaline water

    • Water medication

    • Molasses

    • Mixes and feeders

    • Lick Blocks

    • Loose Licks

    • Examples of Loose Mix “Home Brews”

    • Some Ideas for Sheep Troughs

    • Some Ideas for Cattle Troughs

    • More Ideas for troughs

    • Summary

    • Rumen Degradable Protein Part B - Practice

  • 21

    The McCosker Brew

    • The McCosker Brew

    • The McCosker Brew- cattle

    • The McCosker Brew- sheep

    • Rule number one for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number two for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number three for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number four for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number five for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number six for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Rule number seven for using the “McCosker Brew”

    • Lupins or whole cottonseed

    • Planned intakes of “Brew” and Trough Space

    • Summary

    • The McCosker Brew

  • 22

    Your Module 3 Actions

    • Ruminant Nutrition Workbook for module 3

    • Summary and actions

    • Your module 3 actions

    • Your action plan

  • 23

    Accessing Modules 4 to 6

    • Link to Access Modules 4 to 6

Course reviews

5 star rating

Rumen Design and Function

Maree Redman

Very well explained and interesting

Very well explained and interesting

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Introduction to Ruminant Nutrition

James Croft

Easy to follow, clear, sequential and well-presented information equally suited to a first-timer as a refresher for a long term practitioner- something to le...

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Easy to follow, clear, sequential and well-presented information equally suited to a first-timer as a refresher for a long term practitioner- something to learn for everyone

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Ruminant Nutrition - Full Course

Marcos Sapiro

Thank you so much Dr Terry for all the information given. It has been very helpful doing the course to decide when/how and what to supply in the dry season.

I had the recipe of urea from a producer that has been using it for years now, and I knew it even before starting the course, but I refused to give my stock something that I don’t understand. That‘s why I wanted to do the Ruminant Nutrition Course.

Now I’m confident I have the key points thanks to you and your team, and also the possibility to ask questions once in action. It’s very important to get rid of some doubts that comes from observing the behaviour of animals when supplying urea. 

Once again thank you so much for everything. I really like the course and also would recommend it to anyone that wants to supply urea or know about nutrition.

Well done!

Best Regards,
Marcos Sapiro, Ascuncion, Paraguay

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