"There is no best time for a feed mill machinery breakdown to occur. But, if you could predict when a failure is going to occur, what would you do?," asked Phil Sisler, feed mill manager with Perdue Farms, during in his presentation, The Importance of a PM Program, at the 2014 Feed Mill Management Seminar in Nashville, Tenn., sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.
Sisler discussed the evolution of the maintenance process throughout the years, from reactive maintenance to integrated maintenance, and implored managers to find out where their mill facilities may fall in that process. On one end of the spectrum, he explained, is a complete lack of a PM program and on the other end is predictive maintenance, which is ideal.
Garrett Rea, program manager with Tennessee OSHA Consultative Services provided a Safety/OSHA
Update. He noted the ten commonly found hazards in feed mills, which included combustible materials, falls and electrical hazards. He also reminded feed mill managers to ensure that temporary contractors and internal staff know and are following the same rules.
Dr. Mike Blair, senior director of nutritional services with Pilgrim’s, provided an overview of the value of alternative ingredients in his presentation, "Are Alternative Feed Ingredients Really Saving You Money?"
Dr. Blair stated that an alternative feed ingredient is any ingredient that replaces corn, soybean meal or fat in a broiler diet, with criteria being based on each operation. Since alternative ingredients also fall under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Dr. Blair urged managers to audit carefully and know where their ingredient supply is coming from. His closing remark stressed the importance for purchasing, nutrition, feed mill and live production all working together to determine the value of alternative ingredients.
Other sessions included, Feed Variables and Controlled Nutrients; A Feed Mill Management Open Forum; Motivating Your Employees for Success; Retrofitting Your Mill; Regulatory Update and A Virtual Tour of a State-of-the-Art Mill.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Georgia.
The Feed Mill Management Seminar, held by USPOULTRY, addresses practical ideas to improve production and efficiency in poultry feed production. Topics cover all milling functions from receiving ingredients to feed manufacturing to delivery.