About the sector

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.

Our Objectives

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:

  • Lobbying
  • Delivering Information
  • Provide Trade Assurance
  • Offering Technical Support
  • Acting as the voice of the animal feed sector



The AIC provides a united voice for the sector which is represented at both UK and European levels.  Our work and commitment in the sector provides the following key benefits to our members:

  • Adapting UK and European legislation and guidelines to reflect the conditions of the UK Feed Sector
  • Being part of the decision making process in committees and regional meetings
  • Receiving information about the sector and technical issues
  • Being part of the AIC Trade Assurance Schemes
  • Adds value to member organisations

Latest news and briefings


Legislation and Guidance

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.


Feed and the Environment

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.


All AIC contracts are kept under regular review by the AIC Contracts Committee in conjunction with the appropriate sector.

Feed Sector Europe

The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) was founded in 1959 by five national compound feed associations from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.


Data relating to UK and European compound feed and livestock industries




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.



Upcoming events in the sector


Find a Feed Adviser

This is a new initiative whereby livestock producers can search for feed companies with registered advisers within their area.

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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.

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Trade Assurance Schemes

UFAS - Universal Feed Assurance Scheme

Provides an assurance system to ensure that feed destined for UK livestock meets safety requirements defined by legislators and industry.

FEMAS - Feed Materials Assurance Scheme

Provides an assurance system to ensure that feed ingredients destined for UK livestock meet safety requirements defined by legislators and industry.

TASCC - Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops

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.