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The Canadian Feed Industry Education Program (CFIEP) is a modular course developed by ANAC in collaboration with the University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan. This program will provide individuals with the opportunity to learn about the specifics of the Canadian livestock feed industry. 

The graphic below outlines the program which is comprised of nine online learning modules and one in-person hands-on module. Each of the 10 CFIEP modules focus on a specific topic allowing you to learn about the many elements of the feed industry. The first three modules are the foundation of the program and are required before continuing along one of the three learning paths depicted in the diagram. Of course, we encourage learners to complete the entire ten modules to earn the Canadian Feed Industry Education Program certificate issued by ANAC.

Overview of program modules

CFIEP Program Description 

Explore the specifics of the Canadian livestock feed industry through a series of training modules developed by the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada. The livestock feed industry is an essential part of Canada’s agri-food economy. As an integral part of the food value chain, the sector intersects with a wide range of stakeholders, from grain growers to suppliers of nutrient supplements, as well as producers of meat, eggs, and milk. 

Designed for those working or planning to work in the Canadian feed industry, this program will examine topics including feed safety, legislation, ingredients, nutrition, manufacturing, and feed mill management, and their role in daily feed industry operations. Develop and advance your understanding of the recent challenges and latest innovations in quality assurance, legislation, and the feed manufacturing process. Learn how to apply industry best practices in your role in the Canadian feed industry and directly contribute to meeting the responsibilities and challenges in day-to-day feed operations and across the feed chain.  

Online, topic specific modules taught by feed industry subject matter experts will be of value to seasoned feed industry professionals and newcomers to the feed industry including nutritionists, research personnel, QA/QC staff, sales specialists, and managers. 

Target Audience 

Program registrants include those who wish to deepen their understanding of the feed industry including:

  • students and professionals starting a career in the feed industry
  • feed industry professionals looking to upgrade their knowledge and training 
  • industry stakeholders
  • government representatives
  • academics

Program Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this program, you will be able to:  

  1. Explain the role and importance of the Canadian feed industry within the agri-food chain.  
  2. Outline the importance of feed safety and apply best practices during each step of the feed value chain.  
  3. Interpret regulations governing livestock feed in Canada and apply the standards to feed industry operations. 
  4. Explain how feed is formulated to meet the optimal health and nutritional requirements of livestock.  
  5. Describe the manufacturing process for a variety of feeds from procuring ingredients through to shipping the finished product.  
  6. Identify the essential elements required to successfully manage a feed mill.  
  7. Use terminology specific to the industry and identify key industry resources.  

Registration is open for:

Module 1:  

The Canadian feed industry processes raw ingredients into feed for livestock. The industry is comprised of many segments including ingredient and mixed feed manufacturers, as well as distributors, who all play a key role in the agri-food chain by ensuring the delivery of a nutritious and safe product for livestock to consume.  

Explore how the Canadian feed industry evolved to become what it is today. Learn about the variety of stakeholders influencing the inner workings of the feed industry including livestock producers and consumers, as well as the role of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada in representing the industry. Current feed industry trends and challenges will also be highlighted. 

Module 1 Learning Outcomes 

By the end of Module 1, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the role of the Canadian feed industry and identify the key stakeholders. 
  2. Explain the importance of the Canadian feed industry in the agri-food value chain. 
  3. Identify innovations and adaptations that address recent trends and challenges in the feed industry. 
  4. Describe the role of the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada and its relationship with the Canadian feed industry. 

Module 2: 

The process by which feed is manufactured in a mill involves a range of specialized processing steps and a coordinated effort by staff.  
Investigate the need to manufacture livestock feed and broadly explore the feed manufacturing process from ingredient procurement to formulation to delivery of final product. 

Module 2 Learning Outcomes 

By the end of Module 2, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of manufacturing livestock feed.   
  2. Outline the steps to manufacture feed.  
  3. Identify the different areas of a feed mill and their purpose in the overall process.

Interested in registering for CFIEP now or in the future?

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