Students complete 23rd specialist course on animal feed manufacturing

by Emily Wilson
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UZWIL, SWITZERLAND — Sixteen students from 13 countries were awarded their diplomas qualifying them as Feed Manufacturing Engineers at this year’s specialist course of the Swiss Institute of Feed Technology (SFT).

"We are all aware of the fact that the production of compound feeds is not going to be any easier in the future," said the institute’s director, Ernst Nef. "New regulations are being issued almost by the day, and also the requirements related to production safety and efficiency are increasing at a breathtaking pace. Besides, globalization and the resulting continuous changes in the markets, are calling for enormous flexibility."

Nef pointed out that these requirements could only be met by continuing education. The 16 students from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America invested much time in working on 23 subjects during the 30-week part-time preparatory course and the subsequent ten-week main course at the school’s facilities in Uzwil. Nef noted that to obtain the diploma, the students not only had to pass the final examinations, but also 15 additional intermediate tests during the main course.

"You will achieve your real final marks and thereby the true benefit of your knowledge when you use this knowledge in your day-to-day jobs," Nef told the students as he handed them their diplomas.

The "Safe Feed — Safe Food" slogan of Buhler AG, which is a strong supporter of the SFT, also governed the numerous subjects covered in the specialist course for animal feed manufacture. The SFT faculty are virtually all engaged in the practical side of feed production technology, enabling them to tailor the course contents at short notice to rapidly changing production and market requirements.

The 24th specialist course to be held in 2003 will be presented in German; this year’s course was presented in English. The two languages alternate each year.