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Profit generating feed formulation service

Economic evaluation of alternative feed ingredients

Development of feed quality control programs

Conduct feed and mill manufacture consultancy audits

Technical training for farm and mill staff

 

 

 

 

 

Profit generating feed formulation service

Least cost diets are often produced on the assumption that these will help reduce the cost of production. Implementation of this philosophy can become a bad business decision. A profit needs to be generated to keep a farming operation in business. It is often better to use a more expensive feed program providing it generates a higher income and delivers a good return on the investment. NutriVision has a lot of experience in producing cost effective feed formulations due to a good understanding of the relationship between nutrient input and animal response. Optimization of the economic equation to ensure that the value of the animal output is greater than the cost of the nutrient input gives the maximum profit margin. We develop natural organic products for animal consumption to help reduce the cost of production.

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Economic evaluation of alternative feed ingredients

Many farms continue to use the same standard feed ingredients that they have used for many years. Little consideration is given to searching the markets for alternative feed ingredients. Many changes are occurring in both the agricultural, industrial and food markets that often create new by-products for the animal feed industry. Genetic improvement of crops creates feed ingredients with different nutritive values (High oil corn). Expansion of an industrial application such as ethanol production can produce a new type and quality of by-product (Dried distillers grains and solubles). There is increasing pressure to protect the environment from dumping of various waste products from human or pet-food preparation (Egg products, Fish solubles and Soy products). Good market knowledge and contacts are required to realize these alternatives exist. It is necessary to have the technical and commercial experience to be able to fully evaluate the nutritive value of these materials.

Why not ask NutriVision for an “Economic evaluation of alternative feed ingredients” suitable for your business operation?

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Development of feed quality control programs

 

Animal production, like food production, requires a good process control system. The greatest input is the feed and this can be 70% of the cost of production. It is important to ensure that the incoming feed ingredients meet the buying specifications and guarantees.

A minimal cost, maximum effect, feed ingredient quality control program is essential to the efficient farming operation. This will ensure that all ingredient purchases deliver real value for money and the correct nutrient composition to the animal. It is critical that the feed formulation system operates on the correct nutrient values for all ingredients in current use. Standard nutritive values taken from the literature and reference works can be misleading as they may not be correct for the actual ingredients being used.  It is also important to realize that the key nutrients may need adjusting based on the analytical values derived from a laboratory. An example of this would be the adjustments needed to amino acid values based on the determined value for protein content in soybean meal. Good knowledge of the nutritional inputs and the milling efficiency can minimize the effort needed to evaluate the complete feed coming out of the mill. 

Why not ask NutriVision to “Develop a feed quality control program” to suit your needs?

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Conduct feed and mill manufacture consultancy audits

 

The animal feed manufacturing process can be done on farm, at a commercial feed mill or produced under some toll manufacturing arrangement. The management of the inventory, handling of the ingredients and finished feedstuffs, efficiency of the milling facility and general operating procedures used, are all critical factors in ensuring that the animal receives the correct daily nutrient inputs. Verification of the whole procedure is not only good business management, but is increasingly becoming important regarding the demands for “trace ability” associated with food safety issues. Biosecurity of all aspects of the feed manufacturing process is now a key component for a business to be part of the food chain. An independent assessment of the facility and development of appropriate procedures can be very beneficial to add value to the business.

Why not ask NutriVision to visit and “Conduct a feed and mill manufacture consultancy audit?”

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Technical training for farm and mill staff

All companies try to recruit the best possible staff to be members of their operational teams. The costs associated with employment can be quite high after taking into account salary, benefits, and all expenses. It is therefore vital that each person is able to make a full contribution to the business. Many companies do allow staff to attend training courses as part of their career development. Often there is not sufficient time for a company to provide continuing education in-house related to the technical and production issues associated with the day-to-day work involvement. Staff that have an understanding of the theory and practice of what they have to do and are able to demonstrate their skills, normally get greater job satisfaction and perform better in the role they play within the team. This can result in less staff turnover, more efficient use of all facilities, which in turn results in greater profitability for the business.  NutriVision has first-hand experience in education and realizes the need for the application of science to practice.

Why not ask NutriVision to help in your “Technical training for farm and mill staff?” 

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  Academic Background:

University of Nottingham, England  

B.S. Agriculture

M.S. Animal Science

  Ph.D. Swine Nutrition   

P.A.S. (Professional Animal Scientist, ARPAS)

Immigrated to the USA from England in 1994

 

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