Empower your team with the Livestock feed milling operator learning program

Invest in your team's future with the Feed Milling Operator e-learning program and watch your business grow stronger and more profitable.


Why Training Matters

Training isn't just a checkbox, it's a game-changer for your business. When employees are well-trained, your business thrives. Skilled and knowledgeable livestock feed milling operators are essential for producing high-quality, safe animal feed, consistently. Investing in their training will give your business a leading edge in manufacturing efficiency, better staff retention, and a return on investment.

Scope of Training Program

The Livestock Feed Milling Operator e-learning program is designed to expose learners to key knowledge areas and practical skills related to the production of mixed livestock feeds. Since the training program was initiated by AFMA in 2020, it has grown progressively with more than 150 feed milling operators that have completed the course across Southern Africa. The course was developed in partnership with Buhler and Learning Pathways and contains the latest information on feed milling technology that will equip the learner to function at an Operator level in a livestock feed milling environment.

How We Teach

We believe in a blended learning model for the best results and our programme combines knowledge-based modules with practical, on-site training. Every participating feed mill will act as a site of learning and evaluation. Feed milling experts will be trained as workplace coaches/facilitators to guide and support the learners during the learning process for the duration of the program. All sessions follow a structured approach based on accepted coaching and competence evaluation reports. This Work-based Integrated Learning (WIL) approach helps learners retain information better and apply it directly to daily operations in the workplace. Companies can enjoy the benefit of learners receiving training and mentoring on-site and do not have to disrupt production in the feed mill due to employees attending extensive training courses elsewhere.

Program Structure

The modules are grouped into two focus areas. Modules with common applicability in a feed milling environment (theory) and modules of a technical nature specifically related to the equipment and feed production processes (practical).

Learners can choose to enroll for the full program to qualify as a Feed Milling Operator (7 Modules), or for a shorter program to qualify either as a Stock Controller, Production Operator, or Pelleting Operator (3 or 4 Modules).

The duration of the training program is largely dependent on the learner's effort but should take approximately 6 months. Industry-endorsed certificates are issued to all learners who have completed their training program.

Theory Modules

A user-friendly training platform keeps learners engaged with multimedia content, regular evaluations, and clear reporting.

The theory modules include:

  • 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

Practical Modules

A train-the-trainer approach will enable experienced feed milling experts at your feed mill to coach the learners, conduct practical assessments in the workplace, and provide support to learners throughout the training program.

These modules include:

  • WIL 1: Bulk Material Intake and Storage
  • WIL 2: Material Warehousing and Stock Control
  • WIL 3: Material Reclaim from Storage
  • WIL 4: Mixed Feed Production
  • WIL 5: Feed Processing
  • WIL 6: Team Leadership

Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the animal feed industry, the mixed feed manufacturing process, the work environment, safe work practices, 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.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • A dedicated learning space at the workplace
  • Access to a computer and internet at work and home
  • National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Whether you're interested in the full training program or individual short courses, we're here to help you get started.

For more information, contact the AFMA office at admin@afma.co.za or call us at +27 012 663 9097.

*Note: To register more than three learners, please contact the AFMA Office at admin@afma.co.za