AIC’s Animal Feed Sector represents over 95% of the UK’s compound animal feed production industry and acts as the voice of the UK animal feed sector. It seeks to support its members’ interests through providing a combination of services including, lobbying, technical support, sharing information and statistics and by providing trade assurance. The aim of the animal feed sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies. We identify, assess and communicate national and international issues that might impact on the competitiveness of the industry and which could affect the long-term sustainability of UK farming and food production.
The aim of the animal feed sector is to improve the competitive position of AIC member companies within the agri supply industry. This is achieved by the sector through following a number of objectives including:
Following the announcement on the 21st September that the UK Coronavirus Alert Level had been increased from three to four, AIC in consultation with the audit and certification bodies has decided to pause on site audits across all schemes with immediate effect until further notice.
AIC has received confirmation from the Environment Agency (EA) that all feed mills in scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive will still need to comply with the associated legally binding Best Available Techniques (BAT (page 76-78 for animal feed) by the 4 th December 2023 - regardless of any delay in the EA’s start of the Permit review process. The date is set in the legislation and therefore will not change.
Background | In August, Defra launched a consultation on whether the Government should introduce a new law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land.
Legislation on animal feed is harmonised at European Union (EU) level. It applies to feed for food-producing animals, including farmed fish, and also to feed for non-food producing animals, including pets, zoo and circus animals and creatures living freely in the wild. Horses and rabbits are classed as food-producing animals. The legislation applies to the manufacture, sale and supply of animal feed in the United Kingdom and is divided according to the main set of regulations. Links to relevant pieces of legislation are provided.
There is an ever increasing focus on the environmental impact of feed and AIC provides support for members on the environmental policies affecting feed mills and feeding advice, as well as updates on sustainability issues.
The AIC Feed Sector consists of a number of committees. Each committee and working group has specific aims and objectives in line with the aims and objectives of the sector. The minutes of each committee and working group are published on the website so members can be fully involved in all of the technical discussions.
The UK Former Foodstuffs Processors Association, (an AIC affiliate) represents the former foodstuffs sector as well as safeguarding its activities and promoting its interests on issues affecting its members. James McCulloch, Head of Sector Animal Feed, is the key contact for UKFFPA.
Provides an assurance system for the trading of combinable crops for food, feed and biofuel use, the trading of compound feed and feed materials and the transport and storage of combinable crops and animal feeds to meet safety requirements defined by legislators and industry.