Mineral feed - AFCA-CIAL
Sources of mineral supplies essential to the balance of the feed ration.
Regulatory definition: Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009
Complementary feed containing at least 40% crude ash.
Mineral feeds provide the macro-elements (phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium ...) and trace elements authorised as essential additives (copper, zinc, manganese, iron, iodine, cobalt, selenium...) and various other nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids...
Mineral feeds can come in the form of powder, fine granular feed, granules or licking blocks (buckets, blocks) to best meet the expectations and practices of farmers.
French production of mineral feed exceeds 400,000 tonnes per year, of which 85% is intended for ruminants and 15% for other species, in particular for on-farm feed manufacturing for pigs or poultry.
These amounts correspond to the complementation of approximately:
- 7.5 million tons of dry matter cattle feed including fodder.
- 2 million tons of feed for pigs.
- 350,000 tonnes of feed for poultry and other species.