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Dr. Patrick French, Assistant ProfessorPatrick French

Assistant Professor

Phone: 541-737-1898
Email: Patrick.French@oregonstate.edu
Use BB's Communications Area to email



  • BS, Accounting, University of Kentucky - Lexington, 1992.
  • MS, Animal Science, University of Kentucky - Lexington, 1996.
  • PhD, Animal Science, Virginia Tech, 1999


  • ANS 215, Beef/Dairy Industries
  • ANS 311, Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • ANS 312, Applied Animal Nutrition: Feedstuffs and Ration Formulation
  • ANS 313, Applied Animal Nutrition: Ration Formulation
  • ANS 439/539, Dairy Production Systems I
  • ANS 440/540, Dairy Production Systems II
  • ANS 515, Review of Applied Ruminant Nutrition Techniques

Research Interests

Nutrition and management of dairy cattle. Feeding behavior of cows, particularly during late gestation and early lactation. Development of nutritional strategies that maximize feed intake and minimize lipid mobilization around the time of calving. Economic impact of decisions made on dairy farms.



Present the feedstuffs utilized by domestic animals, including their characteristics and processing. Provide instruction in ration formulation and evaluation; leading to development of the basic skills required to formulate and evaluate rations for domestic animals.


  1. Students will gain comprehension in the following areas of feeds, feedstuff evaluation, and ration formulation:
  2. Understand the characteristics of feedstuffs and their evaluation;
  3. Exposure to feedstuffs consumed by different classes of domestic animals;
  4. Familiarization with nutrient requirements of domestic animals;
  5. Competent ration formulation and evaluation, with an emphasis on the impact of rations on productivity.


The grading system will consist of the twelve basic grades:
(A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- and F).

Breakdown of points for grading
Quizzes - 6 @ 20 Pts/Quiz 120 30%
Problem Sets - 5 @ 25 Pts/Problem Set & 1 @ 15 Pts 140 35%
Final 140 35%
Total 400 100%


*Materials are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on the posted Due Date

Weekly Schedule
Week Topic Comments
1 Lecture: GI Tract and Nutrient Utilization Chapter 2
1 Lecture: Nutrients Chapter 3
1 Lecture: Feedstuffs and Nutritional Value Chapters 3-4
1 Assignment: Introduce Yourself Discussion; Due: Jan 13 Discussion in BB
1 Optional Assignment: Practice Quiz Quizzes in BB
1 Assignment: Quiz 1; Due: Jan 13 Quizzes in BB
2 Lecture: Energy Feedstuffs Chapter 5
2 Lecture: Energy Feedstuffs Chapter 5
2 Assignment: Quiz 2; Due: Jan 20 Quizzes in BB
3 Lecture: Protein Sources Chapter 6
3 Lecture: Protein Sources Chapter 6
3 Assignment: Quiz 3; Jan 27 Quizzes in BB
4 Lecture: Roughages Chapter 7
4 Lecture: Roughages Chapter 7
4 Assignment: Quiz 4; Due: Feb 3 Quizzes in BB
5 Lecture: Mineral and Vitamin Supplements Chapter 8
5 Lecture: Feed Additives and Labeling Chapters 9-10
5 Assignment: Quiz 5; Due: Feb 10 Quizzes in BB
5 Lecture: Feed Processing Chapter 11
5 Assignment: Quiz 6; Due: Feb 10 Quizzes in BB
6 Lecture: Ration Formulation Chapter 12
6 Lecture: Excel Spreadsheets None
6 Assignment: Problem Set 1 (25 Pts); Due: Feb 17 Problem Sets in BB
7 Lecture: Dairy: Calves and Heifers Chapter 16
7 Lecture: Dairy: Lactating Cows Chapter 15
7 Assignment: Problem Set 2 (25 Pts); Due: Feb 24  
8 Lecture: Beef: Cow-Calf Chapter 17
8 Lecture: Beef: Growing-Finishing Chapter 18
8 Assignment: Problem Set 3 (25 Pts); Due: Mar 3 Problem Sets in BB
9 Lecture: Equine Chapter 19
9 Assignment: Problem Set 4 (25 Pts); Due: Mar 10 Problem Sets in BB
9 Lecture: Goats Chapter 21
9 Lecture: Sheep Chapter 20
9 Assignment: Problem Set 5 (15 Pts); Due: Mar 10  
10 Lecture: Poultry Chapter 14
10 Lecture: Swine Chapter 13
10 Assignment: Problem Set 6 (25 Pts); Due: Mar 17 Problem Sets in BB
10 Lecture: Dogs and Cats Chapter 22
11 Final Exam; Due: Thursday, March 23 by 5 PM PST Final Exam in BB


Kellems, R. O., and D. C. Church. 2002.
Livestock Feeds and Feeding, Fifth Ed. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Important Information

Course Assessment

Please fill in and return the evaluation form you receive at the end of the term. In the future, there will be a link to an online universal course evaluation form. Thank you for your patience.


Course - General Information

*Note: Material also listed in Course Information in Bb.

  • ANS 312 is taught using a combination of Blackboard (Bb) and the course website: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/dce/ans312/ . The course website may also be accessed via the link in the Announcements section of Bb. Material on the course website is arranged in 10 modules along the top navigation bar. You can listen to the audio for each section and follow along with the audio using the outline on the page. In the past, some students have preferred to print out the full text transcripts and read them. Note the transcripts are almost verbatim the audio and you will be reading conversation which can be difficult to follow. At the end of each module is an activity, which is either a quiz or problem set. Quizzes will be used the first half of the class and problem sets the last half.

  • Due to excessive download times of the audio, unless you have a high speed connection, a CD has been sent to all students. At this time, the CD does not have an auto-run feature. To use the CD, open up your CD drive (i.e. right click on the Start button and find your CD drive), open the index.htm file, and from there the interface will be similar to the interface of the course website. Additionally, you can right click on the index.htm file and choose create a shortcut. Thereafter, you can simply insert the CD into the CD drive and click in the shortcut. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at Patrick.French@oregonstate.edu.

  • The textbook required for this course is: Kellems, R.O. and D.C. Church . 2002. Livestock Feeds and Feeding, 5 th ed. Prentice Hall, New Jersey . The textbook is available through the OSU Bookstore and also through online bookstores.

  • Microsoft Excel is required and will be used to complete Problem Sets #2-6. Microsoft Excel is available through the OSU Bookstore and students receive a discount.

  • Check Bb Announcements on a regular schedule. It is recommended to check at least once per week.

  • Students are expected to stay within a week of the Schedule provided in the Syllabus posted on Bb. The Syllabus is also posted on the opening page of the course website, http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/dce/ans312/ . If you're going to be out for a week, work ahead. The material is divided up into ten modules; the final five modules are more rigorous than the first five modules, so be prepared.

  • Quizzes and Problem Sets should be completed no later than a week past the due date posted on the Schedule. The Final Exam must be completed by the due date posted on the Schedule. If, for any reason, you cannot take an assessment or submit a problem set by the due date, I must be notified in writing (email) prior to the due date. The week grace period for submitting Quizzes and Problems Sets is to maintain some flexibility in an Extended Campus. If you are going to be unavailable and unable to submit work, either let me know or work ahead and submit work in advance of due dates.

  • Quizzes and the Final Exam will be administered via Bb. Quizzes and the Final Exam are closed book, closed note, and timed. They must be taken and submitted within the stated time restriction. Quizzes and Exams not submitted within the time will be penalized; 50% of the grade for the assessment will be deducted. Prior to taking the Quizzes, please read the section titled Take an Assessment on the OSU Basic Blackboard Guide posted in the Course Information section of the course. In addition, it is recommended you take the Practice Quiz prior to attempting Quiz One. You must also work independently. Quizzes and the Final will be automatically submitted. Blackboard will grade the Quizzes and the Final Exam, with the exception of Fill-in the Blank, Short-Answer and Essay questions. These questions will be graded by the instructor. All grades will be posted in the Gradebook section of Bb.

  • Problem Sets are open book, open note, and not timed. You may work with classmates, but each student is required to submit a completed Problem Set. “Turn in” Problem Sets using the Digital Drop-Box. More information on submitting via the Digital Drop-Box will be provided in Problem Set 1.

  • The Final Exam will be posted Friday, March 18 at 5:00 PM PST and is due by Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 PM PST.

  • In the first week, take some time to navigate the material on Bb. Get acquainted with features of the toolbars.

  • Also, navigate the material on the course website. Get acquainted with features of the Welcome, Getting Started, Resources, and content in Modules 1-10.

  • ANS 312 may use the Discussion Board in Bb. The Discussion Board is a communication tool within Blackboard. The Discussion Board is open for students and the instructor to communicate with each other. The instructor may answer questions regarding the course material on the Discussion Board. In addition, current information for students to read may be posted in the Discussion Board. Students are encouraged to post questions and discuss with their peers. The Discussion Board can be a great tool for distance students to learn and are strongly encouraged to ask their peers questions and present topics for discussion. Participation in the Discussion Board may contribute towards your final grade.

  • If you have any questions, please e-mail the instructor, Patrick.French@oregonstate.edu . Questions will be answered directly via e-mail or on the Discussion Board. Also, please fell free to call if you think your problem/question will be difficult to resolve via email.


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