MANHATTAN, Kan. — As those associated with animal agriculture know, nutrition can be a confusing subject. Many wonder why some nutrients are important, how some animals utilize feeds better than others, and what value they should give to various ingredients when making buying decisions. Answers to those questions and more will be addressed in the Fundamentals of Animal Nutrition course offered by the IGP Institute. This online training is planned for Nov. 10-Dec. 12, and is designed for industry professionals interested in gaining an understanding of animal nutritional requirements and the digestive systems of production animals.

This course will focus on the elementary principles of farm animal nutrition including anatomy, nutrient digestion, absorption, metabolism, and an overview of the nutrients required for animal growth and development. Individuals will gain an understanding of how an animal’s digestive system and nutritional requirements affects the ingredients and makeup of feed.

“It is important to understand basic animal nutrition in order to work in the animal feed industry,” says Cassandra Jones, assistant professor of feed technology in grain science and industry. “Whether you are feeding animals, manufacturing feed, work in sales or marketing, or are responsible for procurement or logistics, understanding the background of animal nutrition helps you understand the purpose and function of the product with which you are dealing.”

The course is a five-week, self-paced, online course including lectures and readings specifically designed for industry professionals interested in gaining an understanding of animal digestive anatomy and nutrient utilization. The course offers one continuing education credit.

“The distance course allows the participants to attend the course where they are and at their own pace,” says Heather Cook, online education program assistant. “The course also brings the participants together to share ideas and answers to questions.”

To register for this course, visit www.igpevents.grains.ksu.edu.

This is one example of distance offerings in feed manufacturing and grain management presented by the IGP Institute. In addition, the IGP Institute provides trainings in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management. To learn more about the training opportunities at the IGP Institute visit www.grains.k-state.edu/igp.