FarmingAcademy is an online platform, which everybody can get access to via the internet. After signing up, which is free, everybody can see what courses and lectures there are available, and the students can network within the platform to form study groups and connect with and submit questions directly to educators.
The platform has a whole section dedicated to basic skills that can be accessed for free for students of all ages and genders on demand globally.
Students from developing countries can free of charge get access to any course as many times the person wishes to do so. On the platform, there is no visible distinction between paying students and those who qualify for getting an education for free, and that forms an equal foundation for networking across geographical and cultural borders.
FarmingAcademy can conduct examinations and issue diplomas accordingly, and those will have the same foundation and value no matter where or who the student is based.
The goal of this project is to provide a quality education that is easily assessed by everybody. Education will focus on animal nutrition and health. By learning about animals’ basic needs for water and feed.
The aim is that have a basis understander of animal physiology, animals’ needs for specific nutrients and which types of feed ingredients will fulfil the animal’s basal needs. The goal, after each individually, must watch and understand the content of several courses, each individual person will be cable of making better choices regarding the feeding of their own livestock. The rationality behind the goal is by better understanding that each animal has some basal needs for specific nutrients and the form of feed, animals will be more productive and hopefully, the livestock owner will experience fewer health issues with the animals as well. As a bonus, less money on the treatment of ill livestock and more productivity without extra labour.
Only by providing all the necessary nutrients with animal needs, the animal can fulfil its potential for being productive. Oversupply of nutrients will have a negative impact on the animal’s productivity as well, beside have a negative impact on the environment as well. Also, by undersupplying one nutrient, it means that all the remaining nutrients will also be in oversupply and thereby be wasted and have a negative impact on the environment as well. Sever oversupply can cause toxicity as well, which can have a severe negative impact on animals’ overall performance and can even cause mortality.
One animal has daily requirements for more than 40 nutrients every day. So, if one nutrient is only supplied to reach the animal need for that nutrient, at 25%, means that many nutrients will only be utilized at 25% as well. So, if all other nutrients are provided at 100% of the animal need, they will still only be utilized with 25% and potential be toxic as the oversupply is 4 times that the animal can utilize, for all other nutrients.
Plants not only contain nutrients but also anti-nutritional factors (ANF). The reason the group is called anti-ANFs is due that a group of chemicals have a negative impact on the nutritional value of any feed ingredients. Plants have the ANFs, as protection for not being eaten by animals (and humans). ANF’s is something that cannot be avoided but needs to manage, either limitation of inclusion level of specific ingredients and/or by processing. For some ANFs the impact is partly livestock specific and age-specific as well. The younger animals being more sensitive than older animals.
The platform will be equally accessible for any gender. The only limitation for anybody to access the platform will be accessible to either a smartphone or a computer. To a large degree will the lectures use pictures and less heavy amount of text to make the information easy to digest for people with less ability to read the courses which this project will start to produce, and upload will be courses that be most relevant for small scale producers and women. However, no course in relation to livestock will be aimed only for men or women. With the Danish background the people behind this application, their equality is not something that we ever talk about, because everybody is equal, not prefer one gender vs. other will be a topic for any lecture. Also, by having both a female and a male editor, both perspectives will be equal and balanced.
For delivery the project, climate itself is not an issue, however, the impact of changing climate is items that will be covered with some of the lectures, like how to feed your animals during drought and how to preserve feed for periods of the year, there is not any and limited fresh feed to feed the animals. Feeding quality feed for livestock the whole year will be covered in several lectures.