For specific intake targeted at specific breeding periods.
Regulatory definition: Regulation (EC) No. 767/2009
Dietetic feeds or "feeds intended for particular nutritional purposes" are complete or complementary compound feedingstuffs capable of meeting a particular nutritional purpose by virtue of their particular composition or particular method of manufacturing clearly distinguishing them from ordinary feed. The list of particular nutritional purposes that can be used to market dietetic feeds as well as the conditions attached to them are listed in directive 2008/38, as amended.
Dietetic feeds are specialty feeds that may have, in addition to their composition, the particularity of containing certain additives such as vitamins and trace minerals, at levels higher than in conventional feed.
Dietetic feeds support the animal at specific times in its life: reproduction, weaning, change of feed, stress, sporting efforts...
Here are some examples of authorised nutritional purposes:
- Long-term supply of grazing animals with trace elements and/or vitamins
- Reduction of the risk of acidosis for ruminants
- Stabilisation of physiological digestion for piglets
- Compensation for malabsorption for poultry
- Compensation of electrolyte loss in cases of heavy sweating for equines
- Reduction of excess weight for dogs and cats
Dietetic feed is marketed with different presentations to best adapt to the working practices of farmers and to the living situations of the animals: powder, fine granular feed, granules, licks, paste, gel, liquid, long-term supply bolus, individual tablet...
French production is approximately 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes per year.