Telford Certificate in Feed Management (Level 4) - Telford Distance

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

2019 Semester 8: 05 August to 31 July


One year, part-time

Location: Telford Distance
Credits: 75

Learn essential feed management skills including knowledge of pasture plants and fodder crops, strategies for calculating feed mass, determining livestock feed requirements to meet production targets, and calculating, implementing and monitoring livestock feed budgets.

This programme is delivered by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.



Gain knowledge of a range of pasture species and detailed knowledge of grass and clover growth in relation to climate and seasonal changes. 

  • Pasture plants (characteristics of grass and clover species)
  • pasture growth in regards to physiology (stages of growth with a range of germination, vegetative, elongative, reproductive)
  • pasture selection in relation to different regions, climate and soil conditions; an introduction to the ecology of pasture and how pasture composition changes over time
  • pasture conservation (process of silage making) 
Fodder Crops
Learn about fodder crops and their husbandry, application, yields and issues for animal health.
  • husbandry of a range of fodder crops (brassicas, green fed crops e.g. oats, whole crops silage, maize, beets)
  • application and potential yields of fodder crops (including methods for determining kilograms of dry matter)
  • potential animal health issues in feeding fodder crops 
Pasture Mass
Assess pasture mass and pasture utilisation, and understand the use of tools for assessing pasture mass, feed wedges, rotation lengths and grazing plans, available pasture mass.
Feed Demand
Understand  feed demand, calculation processes, and feed strategies, to meet production targets 
  • Knowledge of MJME system
  • Dry Matter Intake (DMI) and the affect on feed quality
  • feed profiling and application for feed demand 
Feed Budgets
Learn feed planning, feed budgets and the calculations used in determining feed planning on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis  
  • Understand the advantages of feed planning and common types of feed budgets (tabular and column)
  • creating a feed budget; understand how a feed budget can be manipulated; methods of assessing pasture mass (plate meters, sward stick, eye, new technology) and their advantages and disadvantages
  • understand how daily feed allocation can be calculated; calculations of rotation length, area for silage and average pasture cover (APC)
  • recording of pasture growth rates over a period of six weeks, methods of determining pasture quality
  • current industry trends



Stock Manager

Applicants must:


  • Be 16 years or over
  • Be proficient in English (written and oral).


Note: If English is your second language, you will be required to provide evidence that you are sufficiently competent in English to take part in this programme.