Does using industrial compound feed cause animal health problems?
European compound feed producers have to adhere to a strict and elaborate regulatory framework that imposes requirements to ensure animal feed is safe, both for the animals and the animal products consumed by people.
A precondition for animal health and welfare is that the animal gets a diet containing all necessary macro- and micronutrients it requires. This is what compound feed is primarily designed for. In addition, compound feed manufacturers apply all the knowledge that advanced animal nutrition science has to offer in order to formulate feed that fits the livestock farmer’s health management strategy to enhance the animal health status and prevent the need for veterinary treatment.
In the context of producing feed for ruminants, particularly dairy cattle, compound feed producers often deliver a “power feed” concentrate. This ‘complementary feed’ usually aims to compensate for suboptimal nutritional levels in roughages (particularly during winter) and is by no means produced to force an animal’s performance beyond its capacity[ref]Overview EU legislation related to animal feed production – https://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/animal-feed_en[/ref].
Links to further material:
The Role of Animal Nutrition in Animal Health Management – https://www.fefac.eu/files/80917.pdf