The AFMA Technical Committee meets four times per year and attendance is open to all AFMA members. The Committee has specific focus on all technical matters pertaining to the manufacturing of safe feed and is actively involved in a number of projects through its portfolio committees.

The following portfolio committees and projects are currently active:

PORTFOLIO COMMITTEEFOCUS AREA AND PROJECTS
AFMA Code of ConductPeriodically reviewing and updating the AFMA Code of Conduct to ensure that the latest applicable legislation to the feed industry is included.
Agriculture Inputs Control (AIC)Liaising with the Farm Feed Division and Registrar of Feeds from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) regarding the latest legislation, feed registration status and industry compliance.
Ingredient QualityInvestigating quality aspects of various feed ingredients when an industry concern is raised. Projects include maize moisture levels, the quality of sunflower oilcake and a trial on the maximum moisture content of hominy chop.
Monitoring: Salmonella Assessing the latest trends on salmonella contamination to continuously update the AFMA salmonella monitoring guidelines and sampling schedule for critical raw materials.
Monitoring: MycotoxinAssessing the latest trends on mycotoxin contamination of SA maize crops to continuously update the AFMA Code of Practice for the control of mycotoxins in the production of animal feed.
Monitoring: DioxinsAssessing the latest trends on dioxin contamination to continuously update the list of high-risk raw materials to be included in a sampling schedule.
Nutrient RequirementsProviding technical recommendations to the registrar regarding updated nutrient requirements for various species. Projects include mineral requirements for ruminants and game feed specifications.
SymposiumCompiling the annual AFMA Symposium scientific programme on relevant topics.
TEDTS (Technical Education, Development, Training & Skills)Bridging the “gap” between students and the workplace through various workshops and career opportunity information. Promoting applied science research that is relevant to the SA feed industry through its partnership with SASAS.
Undesirable SubstancesProviding guidance on undesirable substances as per the Act 36 Regulations. Other ad hoc projects completed includes Datura spp. weed seeds in oilcakes and the quantification thereof.
Ad hoc CommitteesVarious ad hoc committees are formed to address a specific industry matter. Once the project is completed, these committees are dissolved. Projects include: antimicrobial resistance, carry-over of medication in compound feeds and carry-over of medication in premixes.
Each of the portfolio committees has a primary convenor. Its members are voluntary industry experts (AFMA members) and/or invited specialists.

Chairperson: Mr Stephan Breytenbach (Protea Animal Feeds)
Vice-chairperson: Ms Jackie Tucker (Chemuniqué)