Live Feed Supplier Career Profile

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UPDATED: 15 May 2023

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What is a Live Feed Supplier?

A Live Feed Supplier breeds, harvests and sells live or dead animals to people who use them as food for their animals, such as mealworms for lizards.

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Live food is living animals used as food for other carnivorous or omnivorous animals kept in captivity; in other words, small preys (such as insects, small fish or rodents) fed alive to larger predators kept either in a zoo or as a pet. (Source: Wikipedia)

A short list of species that are used as live feed:

  • Mealworms – for reptiles and spiders
  • Crickets – for reptiles, amphibians and spiders
  • Mice – for reptiles and raptors
  • Frogs – for large reptiles
  • Chickens – for large reptiles, such as crocodile and alligator farms

Although earthworms are used as live feed, they are also extensively used to enrich soil for agriculture and gardening. For these reasons, the career has its own profile on OZT.

Career Categories

The Live Feed Supplier career can be found within the following OZT career categories:

  • Health
  • Business

Most Common Live Feed?

The most common live feed is crickets and mealworm, fed to many species of birds, fish, reptiles and arachnids

New Markets?

The possibility of feeding cattle powdered mealworms or crickets

What does a Live Feed Supplier do?

Groups of animals a Live Feed Supplier works with

Mammals List Icon OZT
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Amphibians List Icon OZT
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What is the level of Interaction with the Animals?

With who does a Live Feed Supplier work?

Besides working with all of the animals, Live Feed Suppliers will need to interact with other people while doing their daily tasks. The people might include fellow staff members (if they work for an existing business under a boss) or the public.

Fellow staff might include:

  • Supervisors/Managers
  • Operational staff, such as Human Resources, Finance and Maintenance

What does a Live Feed Supplier focus on?

The primary focus of a Live Feed Supplier is to manage the breeding of the animals so that they are in good condition to sells to customers.

What are the daily tasks of a Live Feed Supplier?

  • Research different animals and what they eat
  • Discuss brief with new customers
  • Study breeding of specific animal species
  • Maintain the breeding areas
  • Harvest animals for sale
  • Advertise live feed
  • Create a website and add products to an online shop
  • Administration and filing

Working conditions of a Live Feed Supplier?

Where does a Live Feed Supplier work?

Environment –

Live Feed Suppliers work mostly indoors in places where the animals can be bred and harvested for customers.

Places of Employment –

Most suppliers start their own businesses, producing products under contract for various clients.

What is the average annual salary of a Live Feed Supplier work?

As most producers are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $30,000. This will differ from country to country.

Can a Live Feed Supplier be promoted?

A person who works as a Live Feed Supplier within an existing business can be promoted.

Advancement in the field typically depends on work experience. First-year suppliers often fit their training commitments around the daily work demands.

The levels of each promotion might differ from organization to organization, but generally are the following:

Intern -> Junior Supplier -> Senior Supplier -> Manager

What kind of difficulties can a Live Feed Supplier face?

The most difficult part is always to get your products seen by future customers. They may work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.

​Future growth and Possibilities

The industry is doing really well and is predicted to grow over 10% each year.

Availability of Jobs


Which Skills are required by a Live Feed Supplier?

The skills required for a career as a Live Feed Supplier 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.

Life Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship
Life Skills

Career Skills

  • Animal Handling
  • Animal Care
  • Good business knowledge
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Excellent computer literacy
Career Skills

Which Subjects must I have at School to help prepare for this career?

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 Live Feed Supplier?

Minimum Requirements

The minimum educational requirement to start this career is a High School certificate. Most do look into finishing some short courses to help them establish a strong business.

Study Focus

Short Courses –

Courses in animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal food production, business management, marketing

Study Duration

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 Paths:

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):

Stepping Stone Career

Being a Live Feed Supplier can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a live feed business owner will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you learn skills from a person who has been in the business for a while.

Join the Live Feed Suppliers Group in the OZT Community to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

If you are going to work with live feed and start a business, you will have to secure a business license, and in some countries a permit to breed certain kinds of animals, such as mice and frogs.

Learn more about requirements by joining the OZT Community.

Professional Associations

  • None Added Yet

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 pet nutrition and live food production and management.

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  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
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