Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides a thorough understanding of feeds, feed processing, legislative and regulatory aspects of the industry to provide optimal, progressive, nutritional management of horses. The science of individual feeds is investigated and applied. Through a series of practicals and projects, students will develop their skills and understanding in the assessemnt of traditional and non-traditional equine feeds, feed processing technologies, the regulatory and legislative requirements for equine rations and the formualtion of a range of rations for different applications.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR2EN and must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEquine nutrition and feeding, 4th edn (revised),RecommendedFrape, D 2010Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.
ReadingsFeeding horses in Australia: a guide for horse owners and managersRecommendedKohnke, J, Kelleher, F & Trevor-Jones, P 1999Rural Industries Research Development Corporation, Barton, ACT.
ReadingsNutrient requirements of horses, 6th ednRecommendedNational Research Council (U.S.) Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Horses 2007National Academies Press, Washington, DC.
ReadingsAdvances in equine nutrition I-IV,RecommendedPagan, J (ed.) 2009Nottingham University Press, Nottingham, UK.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify common forage and supplement sources ,and assess their roles in the formulation of rations for horses with different nutritional requirements.

Lectures, practicals

02. Determine the impact of feed processing technologies on enhancing nutritive value of a range of feeds.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

03. Evaluate and appraise current feed manufacturing legislation and current codes of practice.

Lectures, practicals

04. Develop an understanding of the role of nutritional models used to formulate rations.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"8 x 2 hour lecture Classes per study period. (Semester)"

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Four 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Feed Assignment (1000 words)20 01, 02
Nutrition Project - Individual Oral Presentation (10 minutes, 500 words)10 02, 03
Nutrition Project Report (1000 words)30 02, 03, 04
Written exam (2 hours, 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04