Skilled and well-informed livestock feed milling operators play a vital role in the production and constant supply of good quality and safe animal feed.

Learning Pathways (Pty) Ltd has developed on behalf of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) a Livestock Feed Milling Operator Training Programme, which is designed to expose learners to key knowledge areas, and practical skills related to the production of formulated or mixed livestock feeds. Bühler has contributed immensely towards the learning material by providing valuable technical inputs and support.

The scope of the Livestock Feed Miller Qualification is to prepare and equip the learner with knowledge and practical experience to function at operator level in a livestock feed milling environment.

The Livestock Feed Miller Qualification is registered as an official qualification by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), which is the oversight body of the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) in South Africa.

Training Model:

The programme is based on a work-integrated learning (WIP) structure with participating feed mills acting as sites of learning and assessment. Feed milling experts, will be trained as workplace coaches/facilitators, and guide and support the learners during the learning process for the duration of the programme.


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Programme Structure:

The modules are grouped into two focus areas: Modules 1 to 7 are applicable on the operational level in the feed milling environment and modules 8 to 10, that focus on the management level, are available as short courses on a user demand basis.

Learners can choose to enroll for any modules independently or the full programme. However, module 1 is compulsory for any further learning in Livestock Feed Milling through Learning Pathways.

Programme Modules:

  • Module 1: The Feed Milling Environment
  • Module 2: Material Handling Equipment
  • Module 3: Receiving, Storage, and Warehousing
  • Module 4: Mixed Feed Production
  • Module 5: Feed Processing
  • Module 6: Feed Science
  • Module 7: Operational Team Leadership

The following modules will be available as short courses on a user demand basis:

  • Module 8: Operational Management
  • Module 9: Quality Management
  • Module 10: Process Automation

Duration of Programme:

  • Introduction to the feed milling industry – 2 days
  • Stock controller – 2 days
  • Mixed feed production operator – 3 days
  • Pelletising operator – 5 days
  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Dedicated learning room at the workplace
  • Access to a computer and internet at work and home
  • National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the programme, learners will able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the animal feed industry, the mixed feed manufacturing process, the work environment, and the importance of a quality culture in the business.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of material handling equipment, facilities, and systems commonly used in handling material in a feed mill.
  • Attend to processes related to the receiving of materials delivered in bulk and bags, the storage of material and the release of material to the feed mill.
  • Attend to mixed feed production processes and equipment operation – batching, mixing, additive/micro-ingredient addition, and particle reduction.
  • Attend to mixed feed processing and equipment operation – Conditioning, crumbling, pelleting, post pelleting treatments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to animal nutrition, raw materials, additives, and ingredients.
  • Attend to the supervisory roles and functions at a first-line team leader.


  1. The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) endorses the learning programme
  2. Bühler assisted with the technical modules
  3. Training is workplace-based with a workplace coach/facilitator
  4. High training standards
  5. Training is cost-effective (saving on accommodation/travel costs)
  6. Save on time away from the workplace
  7. Modules and learning material is web-based (Downloadable for ease of use without Data)
  8. The assessment of modules are web-based
  9. The assessment of practical modules is workplace-based (Coaches play an integral role)
  10. AFMA issues certificates to successful candidates.

The following fees are payable per module or short course:

Individual modulesR3 400R5 500 / USD330
Stock controller (3 modules) (less 10%)R9 180R14 850 / USD885
Mixed feed production operator (3 modules) (less 12%)R9 180R14 850 / USD885
Pelletising operator (4 modules) (less 12%)R11 968R19 360 / USD1155
Feed milling operator (Full program of 7 modules) (less 20%)R20 230R30 800 / USD1 850

* Rate excluding VAT for April 2020 to March 2021.

The fees include:

  • Access to E-Learning Platform knowledge training guides, work integrated learning (WIL) guides and reports.
  • Learner support by Learning Pathways.
  • Orientation program for workplace coaches on the Learning Pathways WIL learning model. Available as a ZOOM orientation session.

The fees do not include:

  • Consulting fees for specific program orientation and planning.
  • Optional learner support.