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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 212 - Feeds and Feeding
Course Information

Professor: Dr. Tony Mallilo
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AVS 101, AVS 102.

Catalog Description: Principles and practices of feeding farm animals, nutrient requirements, physiology of digestion, identification and comparative value of feeds, computer calculation of rations for livestock.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The goals of this course are:

  1. Use ingredient composition tables
  2. Calculate nutrient content and cost analysis
  3. Balance formulas and rations
  4. Use computer software/hardware specific to the field
  5. Ultimately, formulate a practical ration for livestock and poultry
Course Syllabus

Class topics:

  • Introduction to feeds and feeding
  • Digestion
  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Minerals, vitamins and feeds
  • Feed analysis, rations and environment
  • Feeding beef cattle
  • Feeding dairy cattle
  • Feeding swine
  • Feeding sheep
  • Feeding horses
  • Feeding poultry
  • Feeding dogs and cats

There will also be a laboratory component to this class in which students will learn how to develop a practical ration for livestock and poultry.

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exams
  • Assignments
  • Final exam
About The Professor

Anthony Mallilo, Ph.D.
Professor, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
16 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-4658
Fax: (401)874-7575

Dr. Mallilo is an invaluable member of the Animal Science department. Aside from teaching his many classes during the regular and summer academic sessions, Dr. Mallilo advises all Animal Science majors. Beginning freshman year, students within the major make numerous advising appointments with Dr. Mallilo and he is able to help them map their progression through the department and the university. Dr. Mallilo also organizes Experiential Learning Laboratories (ELL) at the university's Peckham Farm to help non-majors get a taste of what it means to be an animal scientist.


  • B. S., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • M. S., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • Ph.D., Penn State University, University Park, PA
Reasons To Take This Course

"Feeds and Feeding helped me realize the importance of a balanced ration for animals. I have since used this knowledge when I buy food for any of my animals whether it is my dog, or one of my horses, or beef cattle. " - Nicole

"Good nutrition is the most basic requirement of keeping any kind of animal. It's also the most expensive part of keeping animals. This course teaches the best way to feed your animals, both for their health and your wallet. Whether you're breeding dairy cows or just trying to keep your dog healthy, Feeds and Feeding is central to all areas of animal science. " - Sabrina

"I would highly recommend taking feeds and feeding to anyone who is interested in learning about basic animal nutrition. You explore all of the important concepts that you would need to understand when formulating a ration, or just understanding the ingredients of the rations you are already feeding your animals. I personally used this course information recently when I assisted a friend in formulating a ration by explaining the Pearson square method to her." - Sarah

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