MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Twenty-seven feed industry professionals participated in a tradition that dates back to 1976 by attending an advanced feed manufacturing short course June 13-16 taught by Kansas State University’s (KSU) Department of Grain Science and Industry.

This course was offered in partnership with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA).

According to Leland McKinney, course coordinator and grain science associate professor, this course was targeted to personnel with industry experience and an understanding of the basic principles of feed manufacturing.

“Participants who are familiar with the industry basics benefited from attending this course. Through the lectures and interactive activities, they were able to get a firm grasp on all aspects of feed manufacturing,” McKinney said.

The course covered relevant topics such as quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting and specific equipment design and operation.

According to Raymond Nichols, course participant and feed mill manager for Tyson Foods in Sebree, Kentucky, U.S., “All lessons were helpful and informative. I really enjoyed the course and recommend it to any feed manufacturing facility employees.”

He said he found the information presented on pellet durability index and pellet cooling steps was especially beneficial.