Herd Nutritionist

Herd Nutritionist

Herd nutritionists research and advise on raw material product selection, maintenance feeding programs and modification of diets to meet certain desired outcomes. They educate farmers and employees on appropriate diets, product mix, dietary planning and preparation of fodder or food to treat an illness or disease for livestock. They also work to enhance and maintain optimum health performance of the animals.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Observe animals’ behavior and eating habits
  • Understand current feed rations and nutritional value
  • Understand the farm and end use for the animals to better formulate a diet
  • Educate farmer on appropriate diets and preparation of food
  • Determine performance benchmarks
  • Conduct and evaluate dietary studies
  • Monitor aspects of feed manufacturing and quality control
  • Advise on product development and marketing strategies
  • Provide nutritional information to consumer market
  • Monitor aspects of feed manufacturing and quality control
  • Research alternative raw product inputs
  • Assist in keeping records of antibiotics, medicines, etc.
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, anatomy, biology, chemistry and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in animal science, poultry science or other related field is required. A master’s degree in animal nutrition may be required for some roles.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Depending on the animal, herd nutritionists may work for a cooperative, veterinarian, a feed company or independently.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Animal Nutrition Association
  • American Association of Swine Practitioners 
  • American Poultry Association
  • American Society of Animal Science 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$85,000
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