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As a feed advisor, or a feed management advisor, it is your job to consult with livestock producers or farmers to assist with improving their production techniques. This could be through either education or research - exact employment positions can vary. This means that not all feed advisors work directly with farmers. Feed advisors collect information and data on production issues so that they can analyze and report the results. While farm management advisors assist with crop and livestock production, feed management advisors focus specifically on animal nutrition. Their goal is to help farmers and livestock producers have the best production possible through the application of scientific knowledge and research.
Feed Advisor Duties
The duties for a feed advisor will vary greatly depending on the employer. Those that work for a university or college would focus on research and developing lectures on best farm practices. Those that work for a farm or a consulting firm would spend their time on the farm with the farmer, planning and implementing best feed and nutrition practices, collecting and analyzing data.
- Large scale farms
- Consulting firms
- Government agencies
Required Education and Training
Individuals who want an entry-level feed advisor position should at least have a master's degree in a related field. This might be animal science, or agribusiness. Some typical courses that should be completed are livestock production, animal nutrition, and animal food products. To become a feed advisor, individuals should also gain experience working in a similar position so they have a competitive edge. This would provide them with a more well-rounded understanding of the agriculture sector; internship positions are a great place to start. There are additional training programs available as well.
Key Skills and Qualities
- Strong attention to detail
- Very organised
- Good data analysis skills
- Ability to develop reports on information gathered
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Strong research skills
The average salary for a feed advisor is £45,833, varying greatly depending on employer.