Online course in Science, Engineering & Maths

Animal Feed Production: Feed Quality

Explore animal feed manufacturing, and learn the best processes and systems for optimising animal feed quality.

Learn about animal feed production, quality assurance, and regulation

The quality of animal feed is important to ensure animal production systems are healthy. A good livestock diet can boost profitability on farms, as well-fed animals are healthier, more productive, and less likely to incur costly vet bills.

On this course, you’ll learn control systems and testing methods used to maximise animal feed quality. You’ll discover different types of animal feed production, explore issues which affect the quality of feed, and learn the regulatory requirements.

This course will help you to become a responsible feed producer and stakeholder in the animal feed sector.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsThe quality and safety of animal feed are of primary importance to ensuring healthy animal production systems. A good livestock diet can make or break profitability on a farm. Well-fed animals are healthier and more productive in terms of both quality and quantity. They're also more likely to live longer and less likely to incur costly veterinary bills. EIT Food in partnership with Queen's University Belfast, University of Turin, and DIL have designed two complementary online courses-- Animal Feed Production, Feed Quality and Feed Safety, which will explore the control systems and testing methods that can be used to maximize the quality and safety of animal feed.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 secondsThrough videos, activities, and quizzes, as well as interviews from different stakeholders involved in the animal feed sector, the course will empower those in the sector to produce high quality and safe feed responsibly. The course will cover topics including the quality management system, feed ingredient quality, adulteration in feed quality, feedstuff categories, legislation, microbiological and chemical aspects, feed processing, and feed formulation principles. The course is designed for continuous professional development of animal feed mill managers and for training existing and new operators, as well as other personnel, including administrative and sales staff, food scientists, regulators, and others interested in animal feed production.

What topics will you cover?

  • Product quality assurance and control systems
  • Quality control and testing methods
  • Quality management system
  • Feed ingredient quality
  • Adulteration in feed quality

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 7 Oct 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate the multidiscipline nature of animal feed production
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for the production of quality animal feed relative for livestock production
  • Identify the range and types of issues which can affect the quality of feed
  • Reflect on product quality assurance and control systems to ensure animal feed quality
  • Identify the regulatory requirements related to the production of animal feed

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for animal feed mill managers looking to continue their professional development and training.

It is also useful for existing and new operators, their administrative and sales staff, food scientists, process engineers, and regulators on feed quality assurance practices.

Who will you learn with?

Michaela Fox

Michaela Fox

Michaela is a Lecturer in Education working on the development of EITFOOD education programmes. Her background is in food science and research at the Institute for Global Food Security.

Francesco Chiesa

Francesco Chiesa

DVM, Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy.
Research field: Food Safety

Mehmet MC

Mehmet MC

I am subject matter expert for the German Institute of Food technologies e.V. and loving to transfer value and practically useable knowledge.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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