Feed Mill Operator

Feed Mill Operator

Feed mill operators are responsible for assisting in the management of the mill and feed crews and, in the process of storing, mixing and delivering feed for cattle, hogs or poultry. They also ensure daily, weekly and monthly routine preventative maintenance tasks including greasing bearings, checking gear boxes and inspecting belts. They make sure the mill is kept clean, including the grounds surrounding the mill.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Ensure the mill is kept clean, including the grounds surrounding the mill
  • Ensure daily, weekly and monthly routine preventative maintenance tasks
  • Assist in repair and maintenance projects with the maintenance staff
  • Assist in maximizing the efficiency of the mill
  • Fill micro ingredient boxes and clean out ingredient bins as needed
  • Work with employees to identify and address ingredient flow issues
  • Bag complete feeds
  • Load feed orders on to trucks
  • Ensure that company safety practices are adhered to
  • Receive ingredients into the mill, both bulk and bagged
  • Conduct grading of ingredients received
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics and physics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in feed/grain science or an animal agriculture-related field is usually needed.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Feed mill operators are employed by animal production companies that own their own feed mills or by independent feed mills.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Feed Institute Association
  • National Grain and Feed Association 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$35,000
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