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Animal Feed Formulator

Position Overview

Animal feed formulators provide formulation support to the company's sales and technical team. While this role is often dynamic, the most important duties would be helping manage various feed formulas daily, and assisting with formula maintenance. They often handle customer inquiries regarding animal nutrition and best practices. They work with many different people, such as the mill manager, to solve production challenges. Feed formulators help the company to understand feed regulations for different markets. Additionally, they store records for all feed formulas in an organized database for easy reference. Sometimes they need to develop substitute products when certain ingredients are challenging or expensive to acquire. They should keep up-to-date on the animal feed industry to ensure they provide the best advice regarding technical support and formulation for feed manufacturing.

Animal Feed Formulator Duties

  • Handle customer inquiries on animal nutrition
  • Manage feed formulas
  • Handle production challenges, such as developing substitute ingredient options
  • Record all formula information
  • Provide recommendations for product improvements
  • Follow feed regulations for the area of relevance
  • Assist in the registration of feed products
  • Uphold accurate feed labels that follow proper protocol

Typical Employers

  • Feed manufacturers
  • Animal feed companies

Required Education and Training

Animal feed formulators should have a bachelor's degree in either animal nutrition, nutrition, animal science, or agricultural science. Candidates should have a working knowledge of farming and livestock practices in the area; practical experience is preferred. Animal feed formulators should also have manufacturing experience to give them a better understanding of feed mill operations.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Good computer skills
  • Practical animal or livestock experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Valid drivers licence
  • Great organisation and time management skills
  • Leadership qualities
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to design and execute objectives