03380 - Feedstuff Technique

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Docente: Paolo Trevisi
  • Credits: 4
  • SSD: AGR/18
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Animal Production (cod. 8882)

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the student the basic knowledge to deal professionally with the feed industies for farmed animals. At the end of the course, the student knows the organization and structure of the feed mill, the techniques and purposes of the processing carried out there, the laws governing the production and marketing of feed and premixes; knows the nutritional characteristics of the main raw materials used for the production of compound feed.

Course contents

Procurement of raw materials: cereal, cake and flour extraction of oilseed meal of animal origin, feed materials and other products. Receiving, storage and preservation of foods. Quality of raw materials and the finished product. Treatments to improve the nutritional value of individual commodities:
the process of flaking of extrusion, blow molding, micronization and roasting. Heat treatments for the estruction of anti-nutritional factors thermolabile.
Manufacture of compound feedingstuffs: techniques of milling, blending components, addition of liquid, compression of simple and compound feed by the process of pelleting and extrusion.


- Aghina C. and MALETTO S. "Animal feed Technology" Soc Ed Aesculapius
- Antongiovanni M., M. Gualtieri: Animal Nutrition and Feeding, Agricultural Editions of Calderini srl, Bologna, 1998.

Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in agreement with the rules of the Italian governament, as well as the rules of the University, the course will be performed in presence. Practical exercises in the classroom or via web, use of software for studies of specific statistical determinations (eg. power analyses). Attending lectures will be important to follow all the phases of the course and integrate the acquired knowledge into the practical activities.

Assessment methods

At the end of the course an evaluation of the students is scheduled, consisting of an oral test. The exam is schedulred in presence. Exception are possible following the Regulation of the University by using the web platform provided from the University.

To pass the exam it is necessary for the candidate to reach the mark of 18/30 in each of the 3 questions asked. The evaluation is expressed in terms of answers to the training elements of the course.

The evaluation will be assigned according to the following criteria:

- A very thorough knowledge of the topics addressed in the course, together with strong skills of critical analysis, and a full management of the specific terminology will be evaluated with the maximum score (30-30L).

- An in-depth knowledge of the topics addressed in the course, together with a good analytical and critical ability and the proper use of specific terminology will be evaluated with good marks (27-29).

- A technically adequate preparation and a sufficient analytical capacity, even if not particularly articulated, expressed in correct terminology, will produce discrete evaluations (23-26).

- Sufficient preparation and capacity for analysis, expressed in a language that is barely formally correct, will determine the sufficiency (18-22).

The access to the exam is free. The test lasts at least 25 minutes. The date, time and location of the test is published on the courses web site. To register for the exam, the student must be used the AlmaEsami web application.

Students aims in taking the exam in English must declear it before the beginning of the exam session.

Teaching tools

Lectures, exercises.

Deepening of topics of historical interest for students.

Slide uploaded on virtuale.unibo.it platform

Office hours

See the website of Paolo Trevisi


Climate Action

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.