Better feed advice by FAR
1 October 2015
‘Use a member of the Feed Adviser Register (FAR) for greater feed efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions’ – is the message being promoted to UK livestock farmers. The Register now has over 1100 members including advisers from all the leading livestock nutrition companies serving the beef, dairy, sheep, pig and poultry sectors. The Register also has a range of independent advisers for all livestock sectors.
Inge Verwoerd, Feed Sector Technical Support Manager at the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), says: “The Register was originally developed in response to Government concerns about greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock industry. While other sectors of agriculture had professional registers of members, there was nothing for the feed industry.
“FAR has filled this gap and we are developing a register that not only serves its original purpose but also provides real value to livestock farmers through feed advisers. Farmers can be confident that feed advisers on the register are competent, not only to help them to reduce emissions from their livestock, but also to ensure that they are implementing the best feeding regime for their animals and increasing production efficiency.”
Key benefits for farmers, as provided by a member of FAR:
- Advice is being provided by a professional and registered feed adviser
- Advisers will consider what feeding regimes are best for the animals
- Advisers will consider both the production and environmental needs on the farm
- Advice will be aimed at improving livestock efficiency, health, fertility and wellbeing
- Advice will ensure that Government and industry requirements are being met cost-effectively
Ensuring feed efficiency through feed conversion ratios is particularly important at this time of low market values and feed advisers can help in this way to reduce costs where possible.
To qualify for Full Membership of FAR, feed advisers must have a minimum of 12 months’ experience in an appropriate role. Those with less experience can enrol as Development Members. After 12 months, during which their advice will be supervised by a Full Member of the Register and/or they have completed the necessary training, they can upgrade to Full Membership provided they can demonstrate their competency.
FAR Members have to renew their membership every twelve months following completion of the core competencies developed for that year. Advisers on the register are audited to ensure their training and experience is legitimate.
Members of FAR can be identified by their registration card, so farmers can be confident about the advice they are receiving.
Further information on the Feed Adviser Register can be found on the website: www.feedadviserregister.org.uk.
Inge Verwoerd, Feed Sector Technical Support Manager, AIC
T: 01733 385 230
Geoff Dodgson, Ware Anthony Rust
T: 01223 272 800
M: 07710 3795 61