FAR sets the standards for feed advice
The Feed Adviser Register (FAR) was established in May 2013 by AIC Services and key UK farm animal feed industry representatives. Its formation was a response to Government’s need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farm livestock. That ambition, together with recognising the professionalism of the industry, led to the register’s creation. There are now more than 1100 registered Feed Advisers.
How do Feed Advisers qualify for FAR?
For Full Membership, Feed Advisers need at least 12 months’ experience in an appropriate role and be able to demonstrate that they meet the FAR Core Competency requirements. Those with less experience can enrol as Development Members. After 12 months, during which their advice is supervised by a Full Member and they can demonstrate their competency, they can upgrade to Full Membership.
FAR membership is renewed annually and Feed Advisers must demonstrate their Core Competency (key knowledge criteria) by completing evidence templates, training presentations and i-validation questions. The scheme is independently audited and ongoing training is provided to ensure that Feed Advisers stay up to date with the latest developments.
How does FAR benefit farmers?
Farmers can be confident that registered Feed Advisers are competent to not only help them reduce emissions from livestock, but also to ensure they are implementing the best feed regime while increasing production efficiency.
- You can be sure that advice is provided by a professional and registered Feed Adviser
- The advice will consider the feeding regimes best suited for your animals
- The advice will consider your farm’s production and environmental needs
- The advice will be aimed at improving livestock efficiency, health, fertility and wellbeing
- You can be confident that Government and industry requirements are being met in a low‑cost and efficient way
- You will be able to identify if the Adviser is on the Register by checking their Feed Adviser Registration card
Purple = Full member
Green = Feed Adviser in development