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

The work of the AIC Feed Sector

Latest news and briefings

Legislation and Guidance

The legislation outlined in this section 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 and guidance are provided.



UK Forest Risk Commodity Regulation (UKFRC) and EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Guidance and information for Members and industry stakeholders


Livestock and Soya: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information and FAQs, including which sectors use soya and why it is so important for livestock feed


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find information and answers to FAQs on BSE, including the cause of the UK crisis, animal and human health impacts, and the stringent measures put in place to prevent its recurrence.


AIC launches careers booklet to encourage new entrants into UK animal feed sector

The booklet offers information on a range of roles within the animal feed supply chain, including technical, procurement, sustainability, logistics, IT and engineering.

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Feed and Sustainability

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.

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GB Register of Feed Materials

The UK feed industry (AIC, BAFSAM, BETA, PFMA) have agreed to publish a Register of feed material notifications on the Internet and update the Register on a regular basis.

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



Data relating to UK and European compound feed and livestock industries


Feed Sector Europe

The European Feed Manufacturers' Federation (FEFAC) was founded in 1959 by five national compound feed associations. Now it represents, as full members, 28 national associations in 27 European countries as well as associations in Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, Serbia and Russia with observer/associate member status.

Latest resources


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

7 November 2024

AIC Fertiliser Dinner 2024

The Fertiliser Sector Annual Dinner is a popular event in the Sector calendar and places are always oversubscribed - Members are encouraged to …
York Dinner
12 – 13 November 2024

AIC Dinner and Conference 2024

This year's AIC Dinner and Conference is set to feature a range of thought leaders from politics, business, academia and trade to explore …
Peterborough Conference
28 November 2024

AIC Scotland Dinner 2024

Information on the 2024 AIC Scotland dinner, including event details and booking instructions.
Cumbernauld, Glasgow Dinner
5 December 2024

AIC Seed Trade Dinner 2024

AIC is delighted to announce that the annual Seed Trade Dinner is "coming home" to Cambridgeshire and will be held this year at the …
Cambridge Dinner


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

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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.

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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.

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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.