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Ten new experts receive STF diploma in feed technology

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

After ten intensive months of training, ten experts in compound feed technology have received the diploma from the Swiss Institute of Feed Technology (SFT). Fifteen participants, 14 men and one woman, from ten countries took part in the 37th diploma course from January to October 2021 in English. In ten intensive months, the students deepened their knowledge in feed milling in self-study and the eight-week intensive block attendance phase in Uzwil. “As a result, they are now among the experts in their field and among the almost 600 graduates who have completed the diploma course since 1979,” said Lothar Driller, managing director of the SFT.

The importance of the feed milling industry is increasing in many countries due to increasing meat consumption. In order to meet the demand, efficient technologies and know-how for sustainable animal feed production are required. In addition to increasing demand, the requirements are also constantly increasing: Rising raw material prices, changing customer preferences, but also ensuring feed safety present feed millers with ever new challenges. The training at the SFT offers an optimal basis for mastering them in the future. In ten months of training, a broad field is covered, from the basics of the individual process steps, plant design, animal nutrition, feed safety to new sensor technologies as a basis for the digitization of industry. “With this tool, the graduates qualify to take on management tasks and successfully continue to build up the industry,” emphasized Driller. 

Special honor was given to the best in the class of the year at the graduation ceremony. In this course, Mateo Rodriguez has outstanding performances. The “career changer” studied veterinary medicine and comes from Ecuador. 

The SFT acts as a non-profit association and is recognized by the Association of Swiss Feed Manufacturers (VSF) as a training and further education institution. The SFT provides professionals from the feed industry and related industries with practical expertise in the production of animal feed. Successful completion of the diploma course provides graduates with the prerequisite to understand all modern process technologies and processes in a compound feed plant and to use them sensibly and efficiently in practice. Bühler is a partner of SFT. So far, 593 men and women from 74 countries have completed the diploma course in compound feed technology.

The next diploma course in compound feed technology will start in January 2022 and will take place in German, again under normal conditions.

 

Photo caption: The graduates of the 37th diploma course with their instructors.

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