Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist Career Profile
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14 August 2023
What is a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist?
A Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist develops domestic livestock feed industry through market analysis, technical assistance, and community support
Specialists can focus on both foraging and fodder, or just one.
Fodder is feed that is harvested and taken to the animal, forage is browsed on by the animal while still on the land.
The career might be called something else in other countries:
- Forage Development Expert
- Forage and Fodder Development Specialist
- Animal Feed Specialist
The Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist career can be found in the following career categories:
- Animal Health
- Farming and Livestock Management
What does a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist do?
Groups of animals a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist works with
What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?
What does a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist focus on?
The main function of a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist is to analyse animal feed and foraging methods to assist in the development of effective feed and foraging practices. These practices and methods lead to higher livestock production.
With who does a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist work?
Besides working with all of the animals, Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialists will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members or the public (customers).
Fellow staff might include:
- Animal Nutritionists
What are the daily tasks of a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist?
- Assist in the identification, review and development of program interventions for the establishment of viable forage and livestock feed production value chains with emphasis on identifying forage crops that are most adapted to climate change, including crops/varieties that are rain-fed or require minimal irrigation suitable for planting under specific agricultural patterns and climate conditions and adapted to the climate
- Conduct an assessment on the specific needs and interests of the forage producing farmers in relation to forage production
- In collaboration with regional bureaus of agriculture and Livestock and pasture development in target regions, organize stakeholders’ workshops to disseminate the findings and recommendations of the aforementioned assessments on sustainable production of forage crops
- Draft the terms of reference and assist in the identification and pre-screening of implementing partners supporting the multiplication of forage seeds of selected forage crops/feed varieties, and monitoring their progress in the implementation of LOAs programs; to ensure the production of sufficient certified seeds for sale to interested farmers through youth groups and cooperative “seed sales programme”, particularly those supported by the Project
- Facilitate the establishment of farmer groups among community beneficiaries working on the promotion of forage seed and forage production and utilization including development of the action plans outlining areas of responsibility for the group’s members and the most effective means of organizing them
- In collaboration with the forage groups, project staff and woreda technical staff prepare forage production action plan/business plan for selected forage producing groups
- Develop and monitor work plans with project implementing partners and youth/women groups to ensure optimum participation, in demonstration activities, technical training, and establishment and rehabilitation of key productive infrastructure for forage seed and forage production stimulating ownership, and timely delivery of project outputs
- Map the forage production areas jointly with government stakeholders and target community
- Select appropriate technologies and forage species for target communities and supervise the implementation of the forage seed multiplication, forage, and feed production
- Support the feed processing and feed production initiative to achieve feed modernization in the country
- Develop manuals for the production and management of the recommended forage and forage varieties
- Develop effective institutional set up for forage producing group to sustain production and market linkage including assisting in the development of markets utilizing improved technical systems and equipment for forage and feed producers and processors
- Organize project workshops, meetings, monitoring tours, and capacity building
- Assist with up-scaling and out-scaling of project outputs
- Write quarterly and annual reports
The working Environment of a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist
Where does a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist work?
Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialists will mainly work outdoors, but can schedule meetings with land owners and other stakeholders indoors.
Places of Employment –
They are employed by governments, NGOs or large agricultural research institutions
What is the average annual salary of a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist?
They can earn a yearly average of US$75,000 per year. The income will be different according to experience and country.
Can a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist be promoted?
Most Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialists can be employed where there is an existing hierarchical structure.
Feed Officer > Specialist > Manager or Supervisor
What difficulties can a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist face?
The work might entail long hours and working over weekends and holidays.
Future Growth and Possibilities
Overall employment is projected to grow steady at around 3%.
Availability of Jobs
Which Skills are required by a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist?
The skills required for a career as a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Animal Handling
- Customer Service
- Good health and physical fitness
- Computer literacy
Which Subjects must I have at School to prepare for this career?
A basic biological or physiological knowledge of the animals worked with is important.
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
What will I need to Study to become a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist?
The minimum qualifications to become a Forage Development and Animal Feed Specialist is a Bachelor’s Degree. The best positions are available for those who have progressed to a Masters or even Doctorate Degree.
You can follow a degree with majors in agricultural safety, livestock management, land and pasture management, forage production and management.
Short Courses –
Short Courses in animal husbandry, animal nutrition.
The duration of a University Bachelor’s degree between 3 to 4 years with an additional 2 to 3 years for good Masters. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
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Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards the field of farming and law enforcement.
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