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Feed and how it is fed is arguably the most important part of any dairy—small or large. For this reason, understanding the basics of dairy GPS Master Feeder Certificationnutrition, feed mixing and on-time delivery are critical. As another aspect of their Leadership Investment for Tomorrow philosophy GPS Dairy Consulting has organized a series of feeder schools and a three-tier Master Feeder Certification program to teach dairy nutrition basics to front-line feed managers.GPS Master Feeder Certification The goal of the Master Feeder Certification program is to elevate the feeder position in the industry to better align with the fiscal impact the feeding management has on any dairy. The certification program is a three-tier process that allows feeders to learn, grow and advance in their responsibilities and performance.

  • Level 1 – Offered in 2016 and again in 2017 focuses on the essentials of feeding dairy cows, with topics including basics of rumen function, silage face management, managing dry matter, safety, feedbunk management, TMR audits and feed monitoring, the financial aspect of feeding management, measuring and controlling shrink, and the mechanics of a mixer. Communication, teamwork and the importance of the entire feed team’s consistency are key areas developed.
  • Level 2 – To be started in 2017 this second tier is for those who have completed Level 1. The curriculum will be more in-depth with a special emphasis on software, tracking ingredients, key performance indicators and monitoring metrics.
  • Master Feeder – Set for 2018, this is the culmination of the Master Feeder Certification program. The expectation is a “Master Feeder” will have the managerial and leadership skills to successfully lead and manage a feed center at the largest dairies.

GPS Master Feeder CertificationFor information on how to enroll your feeders in the GPS Master Feeder Certification program contact your GPS consultant.

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