Take care when selecting feed for your livestock

29-08-2014 | |
Take care when selecting feed for your livestock
Take care when selecting feed for your livestock

When buying feed for cattle, sheep or goats, its vital that you buy only feed that is specifically made for your livestock species. In Australia it is an offence to give any of your ruminants feed that contains “Restricted Animal Material”, known as RAM for short.

Restricted Animal Material (RAM) is any material taken from a vertebrate animal other than tallow, gelatin, milk products or oils. It includes rendered products such as blood meal, meat meal, meat and bone meal, fish meal, poultry meal, feather meal, and compounded feeds made from these products.

The ban on feeding RAM to ruminants is an important measure to prevent mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep.

If you buy pellets, other processed feed or grain for your livestock, check the bag to see if it contains RAM. If it does, it may be fed to pigs and poultry but not to cattle, sheep, goats or any other ruminant. The law requires that bags of livestock feed are clearly marked as to whether the feed contains RAM.

Source: The Advocate

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