More than 200 feed industry professionals and suppliers recently gathered in Nashville, Tenn., for USPOULTRY’s Feed Mill Management seminar. Discussions focused on new technologies, maintenance and management techniques, and the potential regulatory impacts of the new presidential administration.
Richard Sellers, senior vice president, Public Policy & Education, for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), spoke on regulations that are lingering from the past administration and the current administration’s plans to change or repeal them. For instance, there are a number of requirements that will take effect in September as part of the Animal Food Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Sellers encouraged companies to get started on making sure proper procedures and paperwork are in progress to ensure they are within compliance. “At AFIA, we are keeping a close eye on the new administration’s activities that relate to the feed industry,” said Sellers.
Chandler Adams, president of Chandler A Davis LLC, shared his knowledge on the critical role of steam in the pelleting process. “Good pelleting requires consistency. This is difficult because ingredients, days and people are not always consistent. If we control the things we can control, we will perform better in the mill. Feed conditioning requires moisture and temperature. We must control this process,” said Adams.
Bob Nichols, president of Benchmate Systems, shared a technology option with attendees that could be helpful in managing an entire maintenance program. Nichols explained how this system allows users to easily keep track of completed and scheduled maintenance and the costs associated with parts and upkeep.
“Visits and regulations from governmental agencies have increased over the years. They may show up and want to see preventative maintenance records at random. They may ask to see maintenance plans for specific equipment and history of service performed, so you will want to be prepared,” remarked Nichols.
Numerous other relative topics of interest were covered during the seminar. More information on upcoming seminars can be found on USPOULTRY’s website.