For Consumers
 
Livestock eating blended feed

What does the Feed Program do for you?

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

  • Safeguarding the health of humans and animals
  • Promoting safe and effective nutrition for livestock and companion animals
  • Ensuring truth in labeling
  • Ensuring standardization and uniformity of terms and definitions used in the feed industry.

 

Measures to Ensure Product Quality

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 in Bozeman for compliance with labeling claims. Test results are reported to manufacturers. All feed products must be properly and accurately labeled.

 

Unprocessed hay is not subject to the act. However, producers and consumers can get hay tested for feed quality.

 

Details available at the feed program page.

 
Safeguards for BSE

The program also 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.

 

Contacts

 

Bob Church
Feed/Fertilizer Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3730
E-mail: BChurch@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-7336

Levi Ostberg
Feed/Fertilizer Program Specialist
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3730
E-mail: lostberg@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-7336

 

Published: Fri Apr 01 14:37:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Fri Sep 07 16:06:59 MDT 2012