Vitamins in Animal Nutrition

Booklet, April 2015

FEFANA is the European Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures. With over 100 member companies from 28 European countries, it represents business operators active throughout the feed chain, such as the specialty feed ingredient producers, premixtures manufacturers, users, importers and distributors.

Established in 1963, FEFANA has loyally represented and served the interests of its industry ever since 1963, and it is recognized as a representative partner to national and international authorities and fellow organizations in the feed and food chain.

Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures are essential ingredients in animal feed, ensuring balancing the nutritional quality of the feed and hence contributing to animal health and welfare. Quality and safety being two main cornerstones, we also focus on innovation and sustainability, which we believe to be present and future key features
of our business.

Having a broad range of members, representing the majority of business leaders as well as many Small and Medium Enterprises, our organization is capable of making use of the exceptional knowledge of its members, combining product expertise, practical and commercial experience with science.

This booklet is the fruit of the work of the FEFANA Working Group on Vitamins and gives an overview of the state-of-the-art knowledge on the use and application of vitamins in animal nutrition.

Prior to focusing on the detail of each individual vitamin and its use as a feed ingredient, we will provide basic information on the physical and chemical characteristics of each vitamin. This information will be given for the active substance, as well as for the available commercial products.

Relevant information on the natural occurrence in feedstuffs, on in-feed recommendations, as well as on safety, production methods and on activity levels will be dealt with. Attention will also be paid to the commercially available products, and to the most essential quality criteria.

Some basics on the regulatory background and indications on the classification, labelling and packaging are given in the booklet to help the reader understanding the high standards requested and applied to these products which are fundamental in today’s farming practice. We hope you find this booklet useful to better appreciate the landscape our industry operates in.