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Montana cattle feeding at the trough. MDA administers programs for the management of feed products.

The program licenses and regulates commercial feed manufacturers and dealers to ensure the quality of feed products distributed in Montana.

Objectives:

  • 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.

More information coming soon. Please contact MDA Feed staff if you have questions or require assistance.

Any person or business that manufactures, distributes or acts as a guarantor for commercial feed. Distributors of pet food do not require a dealer license. Refer to the tab below for more information on licensing requirements.

Licensing

Download the
Feed License
Application Form

All commercial feed distributors, feed manufactures and those whose name appears on the label of a commercial feed as guarantor, must obtain a license before conducting business in or into Montana. Each place of business, manufacturing facility, distribution point or point of invoicing must have a license. Annual licensing must be obtained before January 1st of each year.

Manufacturers of pet foods and specialty pet foods must register all products by January 1 of each year. Product labels are subject to review upon request by the department. Other commercial feeds are not required to be registered but manufacturers must obtain a Feed License. For more information use the registration tab below.

Manufacturers and guarantors of Pet Foods and Specialty Pet Foods, including complete feed, treats and snacks, must register all products by January 1 of each year. Other commercial feeds are not required to be registered.

Download the
Pet & Specialty Pet Food
Registration Form

Product labels are subject to review upon request by the department. Under Montana law, all pet food products must be labeled in accordance with Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) model regulations. This provides uniform labeling for all pet foods and treats on the market, enabling consumers the ability to compare and contrast different products with ease.

Label Requirements

  • Product name and brand
  • Medications (if any)
  • Statement specifying species of pet
  • Guaranteed analysis
  • Ingredient statement
  • Statement of nutritional adequacy
  • Feeding directions
  • Name and address of the manufacturer or guarantor
  • Net weight or quantity statement

Fees

Annual Product Registration

  • Pet food: $50.00 per product

Each business that holds a license, except pet/specialty pet food manufacturers and guarantors, must report by January 31st of each year a Commercial Feed Tonnage Report setting forth the number of tons of commercial feeds distributed in this state during the preceding calendar year.

Annual Commercial Feed Tonnage Report (Feed Annual Inspection Fee)

Download the
Annual Commercial Feed
Tonnage Reporting Form

Fees

Annual Feed Facility License

  • $75 - Renewal, received before January 1
  • $100 - Late Renewal received after January 1
  • $100 - New location or new applicants

Feed Annual Inspection Fee

  • $0.18 per ton

More information coming soon. Please contact MDA Feed staff if you have questions or require assistance.

More information coming soon. Please contact MDA Feed staff if you have questions or require assistance.

Falina Hutchinson
Feed/Fertilizer Program Specialist

Phone: (406) 444-5415
E-mail: FHutchinson@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Bob Church
Feed/Fertilizer Program Manager

Phone: (406) 444-5410
E-mail: BChurch@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Kay Deskins
Licensing & Registration Specialist

Phone: (406) 444-0510
E-mail: KDeskins@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Commodity Services Bureau
Phone: 406.444.3950
E-mail: csb-mtplants@mt.gov
Fax: 406.444.9466
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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