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

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    • 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 II

    • Grass Growth and Phases (Sigmoid Curve)

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    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

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    • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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