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AFIA Feed Manufacturing Technology book

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) updated the Feed Manufacturing Technology (FMT) book. In a new, online subscription format, with the option for a printed copy, this is a resource for everyone involved in the production and manufacturing of food for livestock, poultry, aquaculture, horses and pets.

This comprehensive resource is a great reference for everyday animal feed manufacturing operations as it covers topics such as employee safety and health, material handling and storage, sanitation and pest management and quality assurance. It also includes detailed information on planning for new facilities or remodeling existing facilities.

“Having been a feed mill plant manager myself, I found the AFIA Feed Manufacturing Technology book to be an extremely useful reference manual and looked at it on a regular basis,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “Now that the FMT is available online, this will add a whole new set of functionalities to the end-user, such as hyperlinks to additional resources and allowing for more frequent updating than with a print only version.”

The FMT is written by nearly 100 industry experts and professors with decades of experience. The resource, which has not been updated since 2005, includes sections on:

  • the history of the U.S. feed industry
  • plant feasibility, design and construction
  • manufacturing operations
  • bulk materials handling and storage
  • specialty feed
  • plant management
  • quality assurance
  • regulatory
  • utilities and maintenance
  • computer applications for feed manufacturing
  • energy management.

The online FMT includes links to many diagrams, tables and charts and will be updated regularly.

“I would like to thank the AFIA FMT task force for its foresight in developing an online manual, which we know today is even more important than ever to offer digital education and training opportunities, and the industry experts whom AFIA worked with to research and write updated chapters for this launch,” Huddleston added. “Because of their hard work, the entire regulatory section and several other chapters were updated in 2020 and we have a rigorous schedule to update even more chapters next year with the goal of updating them all by 2023.”

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