The Feed Adviser Register (FAR) continues to meetits overall objectives, according to AIC Services Managing Director JohnKelley. The Register, which was launched two year ago in May has nearly 1200members and the vast majority of these have already completed their corecompetencies in the first two training modules.
At the same time the Registers working group isnow preparing to launch module three, which will align environmental corecompetencies with feed advice. The Governments need for the feed industry toaddress environmental issues, including greenhouse gases (GHGs), was a majordriver in the formation of FAR.
FAR was launched by AIC (Agricultural IndustriesConfederation) in May 2013. While other aspects of agriculture, such asagronomy, had a formal structure for training and accreditation, feed advisershad no equivalent register. Other industry registers provided a clear path forknowledge transfer to farms and, subsequent changes in behaviour, such asaddressing GHGs.
FAR sets core competencies for feed advisers inpig, poultry, sheep, beef and dairy sectors. In order to qualify for theRegister advisers must demonstrate experience and core skills, which are thenbuilt on through a process of meeting core competencies by training or relevantexperience.
In the first two years of the Register two moduleshave been developed: Module 1(M1) Fundamentals of Whole Farm Feed Planning,and Module 2 (M2) The Nutritional Link to Animal Health and Fertility.
Registered advisers are required to complete anumber of core competencies within these modules. In addition, advisers have toconform to a Code of Professional Conduct.
An online portal has been developed for registeredadvisers to enter their qualifications and record their training progressagainst the core competencies.
Inge Verwoerd, who recently joined AIC Services asFAR Technical Manager, says: AIC has already achieved a considerable amount inestablishing FAR and recruiting nearly 1200 members over the past two years.Achieving the core competencies in FAR now provides a baseline from which theindustry can further develop its skill set. In particular, I believe that thethird environment module will be a major step forward in helping to deliver FARsoriginal objectives.