CPSC30040 Grass and Forage Production

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is designed for students in Animal and Crop Production/Animal Science/Animal Science Equine and Agri-environmental Sciences. This module will outline the importance of grass at a national, EU and worldwide level. Seasonal and regional variation in grass growth will be discussed. Grassland management including sward establishment, management fertilisation, weed control and utilisation will be discussed. Grazing systems and forage conservation techniques will be outlined. The role of nitrogen in grass production, the potential for loss from the system and strategies (including clover) to reduce inorganic nitrogen inputs will be detailed. The role of grazing management in the maintenance of sward quality and the advantages and disadvantages of grass based animal production systems including economics will be discussed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Describe the importance of grass in Irish Agricultural systems, explain the factors affecting grass growth on a seasonal and regional level, discuss the key stages in grassland management, outline a protocol for the conservation of winter feed from grass and potential for alternatives, discuss the interactions between the sward and the grazing animal that impact on sward quality and animal performance, evaluate the potential for loss of nutrients from grassland and outline the advantages and disadvantages of a grassland based agricultural system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a large stage 4 module, therefore in order to keep lectures interactive power point slides in combination with class discussions, YouTube clips, relevant handouts, peer discussion are incorporated. In order to increase the proportion of blended teaching methods to increase variability and engagement, practical classes at the UCD Lyons Farm are incorporated to enhance student learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANSC30290 - Grassld Mgt & Appl Dairy Nutr

Grass and Forage Production (CPSC37040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assignment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ exam Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ Exam Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Assignment Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group/class feedback post assessment after MCQ 1 and 2. Individual feedback is via grades

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Field Trip Offering 1 Week(s) - 7, 11 Mon 13:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 13:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50