About Animal Feed

Did you know…?


  • … that source of nourishment is mostly dead stuff!


  • –that World feed volume exceeds 1 billion metric tons?
    Alltech releases 2017 Global Feed Survey results
    Global animal feed volume exceeded 1 billion metric tons of production in 2016, according to Alltech’s 2017 Global Feed Survey. The sixth edition of the animal nutrition and feed company’s annual survey gathers its data from international feed associations and more than 30,000 feed mills across 141 countries. Access to full article


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Q: What is Animal feed?
    A: Animal feed is food given to domestic animals in the course of animal husbandry.


  • Q: What is Fodder?
    A: “Fodder” refers particularly to foods or forages given to the animals (including plants cut and carried to them), rather than that which they forage for themselves. It includes hay, straw, silage, compressed and pelleted feeds, oils and mixed rations, and sprouted grains and legumes. Feed grains are the most important source of animal feed globally. Keep learning here.


  • Q: What do farm animals eat?
    A: Animal feeding practices have developed over time, and have generally been validated by their use.
    Animal feed can be divided into 4 groups – forages (e.g. grasses); cereals and other home-grown crops; compound feedingstuffs; and products and by-products of the human food and brewing industries. Learn more about it.


  • Q: What is Feed Stuff?
    A: A general term that is used when referring to any food or fodder. It includes naturally occurring plant or animal products and by-products (e.g. grass, maize, brewers’ grains).


  • Q: Is there more to understand about it?
    A: YES, of course ….!!! Things Like ….

    • FEED Supplements
      Supplements are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and vitamins. ex. a mixed protein supplement is, by convention, a mixture of feeds which carries 30% or more of protein.
    • Nutrient
      Any food constituent, or group of food constituents of the same general chemical composition, which aids in the support of animal life.
    • Calorie
      This is a measure of the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by one degree Centigrade. One kilocalorie = 1000 calories. A specific number of calories is required by animals each day to either maintain or increase their body weight.
    • Digestibility
      This is an approximate measurement of the amount of food which has been absorbed by the animal. Not all food which is taken in by the animal can be absorbed, this is usually described as a percentage.
    • Toxicity
      The term ‘toxic’ must not be confused with ‘poison’. Just take into account that there are certain substances which, when “used” or “consumed” at certain levels, are harmful enough to be classified as toxic.


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