The program licenses and regulates commercial feed manufacturers and dealers to ensure the quality of feed products distributed in Montana.
- Safeguard the health of humans and animals
- Promote safe and effective nutrition for livestock and companion animals
- Ensure truth in labeling
- Ensure standardization and uniformity of terms and definitions used in the feed industry
The feed program samples feed products at manufacturing sites, storage areas, distribution and transit points, retail stores, and on-farm feed mixing areas. Samples are analyzed at the department's Analytical Laboratory for compliance with labeling claims. Test results are reported to manufacturers. All feed products must be properly and accurately labeled. (Unprocessed hay is not regulated by the program).
Safeguards for BSE
The program inspects feed for prohibited substances to ensure compliance with regulations to prevent the occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a feed-borne illness that could be transmitted to other animals or humans.