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Proactivity Can Increase Mill Efficiency for Long-term

01 April 2014

US - The 2014 Feed Mill Management Seminar was held in in Nashville, Tennessee, sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association, during which Phil Sisler, feed mill manager with Perdue Farms, presented "The Importance of a PM Programme".

"There is no best time for a feed mill machinery breakdown to occur. But, if you could predict when a failure is going to occur, what would you do?," said Mr Sisler during his presentation.

Mr Sisler discussed the evolution of the maintenance process throughout the years, from reactive maintenance to integrated maintenance, and implored managers to find out where their mill facilities may fall in that process.

On one end of the spectrum, he explained, is a complete lack of a PM programme and on the other end is predictive maintenance, which is ideal.

Garrett Rea, programme manager with Tennessee OSHA Consultative Services provided a Safety/OSHA Update.

He noted the ten commonly found hazards in feed mills, which included combustible materials, falls and electrical hazards.

He also reminded feed mill managers to ensure that temporary contractors and internal staff know and are following the same rules.

Dr Mike Blair, senior director of nutritional services with Pilgrim’s, provided an overview of the value of alternative ingredients in his presentation, Are Alternative Feed Ingredients Really Saving You Money? 

Dr Blair stated that an alternative feed ingredient is any ingredient that replaces corn, soybean meal or fat in a broiler diet, with criteria being based on each operation.

Since alternative ingredients also fall under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Dr Blair urged managers to audit carefully and know where their ingredient supply is coming from.

His closing remark stressed the importance for purchasing, nutrition, feed mill and live production all working together to determine the value of alternative ingredients.

Other sessions included, Feed Variables and Controlled Nutrients; A Feed Mill Management Open Forum; Motivating Your Employees for Success; Retrofitting Your Mill; Regulatory Update and A Virtual Tour of a State-of-the-Art Mill.

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