Feed advisers to get new training in environmental issues

A training module, for use by animal feed advisers, which addresses environmental issues as they relate to feed usage, is being developed by the Feed Adviser Register (FAR).

The new module is the third to be launched by FAR since the body was set up by the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) in May 2013, a move which created the first formal structure for training and accreditation for feed advisers.

Now operating with nearly 1200 members, FAR sets core competencies for feed advisers in pig, poultry, sheep, beef and dairy sectors, offering training through its two existing modules: “Fundamentals of Whole Farm Feed Planning” and “The Nutritional Link to Animal Health and Fertility”.

“The development of the third environment module will be a major step forward in helping to deliver FAR’s objectives,” said AIC’s Inge Verwoerd, adding that FAR’s work to date was providing a baseline from which the feed industry can further develop its skill set.

Headline image shows farmer Sam Dickinson (left) and KW Alternative Feeds’ regional technical manager, Mark Scott.

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