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UK and Global Agricultural Recruitment. For Professionals by Professionals

Feed Specialist

Position Overview

Generally speaking, feed specialists are in charge of marketing and educating consumers on the company's various feed products that are available. In the agriculture industry, this will relate to feed products that exist for different types of livestock. They must promote the business and display the benefits of each feed type. They are responsible for the different products that the company generates and how to attain maximum value for each. Individuals in this position should understand the agriculture industry and be knowledgeable regarding animal nutrition. They should be forward thinkers to understand possible consumer trends or needs that could occur in the future. Depending on the company, they may focus on ingredient procurement, coordinating operations at the feed mill, handling feed orders, or overseeing feed inventories.

Feed Specialist Duties

Feed specialists can perform a number of different duties, depending on the company and industry. The more common duties are as follows:

  • Interact with operations for production schedule
  • Coordinate tasks relating to product development
  • Develop ways to create maximum value for all product variations
  • Coordinate with outside vendors
  • Understand the company's market position and find ways to create positive relationships with livestock producers
  • Manage records for farm interactions and follow-up
  • Stay current on new studies relating to the feed industry
  • Develop monthly reports on any useful data that was found
  • Stay knowledgeable regarding competitor's products

Typical Employers

  • Feed mill
  • Livestock production companies
  • Feed manufacturers
  • Consulting firms
  • Animal farmers
  • Universities
  • Laboratories
  • Agricultural advisory bodies

Required Education and Training

Feed specialists should have a university degree in livestock nutrition, agricultural science, or a related field. Individuals seeking this position should have a genuine interest in the agriculture industry. Previous experience working with agriculture, animals, or nutrition is advised. Candidates should understand what it takes to introduce new products to the market and what the products selling points are. Experience in retail or marketing would also be beneficial. It is advised that candidates have a general understanding of government regulations that would apply to the agriculture industry.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Good at problem solving
  • Creative thinker
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Works well independently and in a team environment
  • Good at multitasking
  • Self-motivated
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