The key to generating sustainable environmental systems is all about managing environments. Forage management can be done on farms or in natural landscapes to benefit livestock and other animals. This course is ideal for farm hands or managers, produce or land agents, or anyone involved in the agricultural industry.
The Certificate of Forage Management is a professional development course that will teach you how to establish forage plant pastures, and provide year-round grazing and foraging by managing irrigation, soil, weeds, pests and diseases.
In this forage management course, you will learn about forage resources, grasslands and ecosystems, and fodder trees and shrubs. You will also study forage quality and its use, the various animal-related forage disorders, and how to preserve forage as hay and silage.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid understanding of how to promote natural ecosystems with foraging principles to ensure healthier and more productive agricultural environments.
Unit - Forage Management
Unit 1 – Scope and Nature of Forage Resources
Types of Forage
Types of Forage Lands
What different Animals Eat – Avian, Monogastric, Ruminants, Pseudo Ruminant
Managing Forage Ecosystems
Continuous vs Rotational Grazing
Unit 2 – Grassland Species and Ecosystems
Different Ways to Feed Animals
Different Fodder Systems
Different Fodder Plants – grasses, legumes, roots, wildflowers, forbs
Species Related Disorders – fescue taxicosis, endophyte toxins, ryegrass staggers, antiquality components, phenolic compounds
Seasonal and Conditional Disorders -plant poisoning
Disorders Associated with Stored Forages
Unit 8 – Preserving Forage as Hay & Silage
Making Hay – curing, weather factors, etc
Swathe Manipulation to Speed Drying
Hay Storage and Preservation
Phases in Silage Fermentation
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.