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Module Code - Title:

EV4005 - GRASSLAND AND GRAZING MANAGEMENT

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

3

Lab

2

Tutorial

0

Other

0

Private

6

Credits

6

Grading Type:

N

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To educate students in the principles of grazing and grassland management with particular reference to the equine industry in Ireland

Syllabus:

1. Introduction 2. Soil formation 3. Physical and chemical properties of soil 4. Soil fertility 5. Lime and pH 6. Major and minor elements in soil 7. Fertilisation in horse pastures 8. Grass growth 9. Reseeding of pastures 10. See mixtures 11. Grazing management 12. Hay production 13. Silage production 14. Poisonous plants 15. Racing track management

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Describe the phenomena of soil formation; assess different structures in soils an describe the different horizons in soils; discuss the means which can be employed to avoid soil compaction; discuss the main components of soil fertility Identify the advantages and disadvantages of nitrogen; list the fertilisers necessary for grass growth; outline the important trace elements necessary for healthy horse production; distinguish between vegetative and inflorescent growth; explain the importance of tillering; discuss the importance of temperature for grass growth; describe the seasonality of grass growth; suggest strategies for optimum grass management of racetracks Describe how seedlings establish and develop; discuss the methodologies used in reseeding; identify the key management steps to take in reseeding; draw up an ideal grass seed mixture for horses, alleviate the problems created by poor horse grazing; define the different methods of conservation; recommend how good hay is made; classify poisonous plants; devise a management regime for racetracks

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

N/A

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

N/A

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The module will be taught through a series of lectures and laboratory sessions.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Brady, N.C. (2001) The Nature and Properties of Soils , Prentice Hill
Keane, T. & Collins, J.F. (2004) Climate, Weather and Irish Agriculture, 2nd Ed , Agmet
Soffe, R.J. (1995) The agricultural notebook. 19th ed , Blackwell

Other Relevant Texts:

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Autumn - 09/10

Module Leader:

ken.byrne@ul.ie