Feed Additives 2020, published in March, is the 36th annual compendium of products available for inclusion in animal feeds and drinking water.
Reviews of previous editions have heaped praise on the content and format of this handbook, suggesting it is an essential annual purchase for feed producers and veterinarians caring for livestock, poultry, horses and farmed fish. A selection of quotations from these reviews is reproduced below.
Pen & Tec Consulting Group
President Dr Elinor McCartney writing in the preface to the 2019 edition
“Feed additives are entering a golden era of innovation and creativity, driven by global pressures to reduce antibiotics in man and animals. “Health through nutrition” has long been a key objective in the European Union, and has become a global battle cry, not just for animals, but also for consumers.
The European feed additive sector, through investment, research, development, legal compliance, and a lot of hard work, now leads the world in expertise, experience and excellence in this field. We enjoy new approaches that support, not just the quality, safety and efficacy of feeds, but also the health, viability, vigour and performance of animals consuming those feeds.
All feed additives authorised in the European Union are subject to pre-approval scrutiny by EFSA and Member States, an independent evaluation that examines quality, safety and efficacy. This process, together with the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) helps ensure a safe and high quality food supply for European consumers. Feed Additives is a useful complement to EU legislation and EFSA opinions, giving users a concise guide to the most well-known feed additives used in Europe and globally.
Secretary General Geoff Brown writing in the preface to the 2016 edition
“Formulation of compound feeds for all classes of livestock is a very technical and precise science. Formulated feeds are likely to contain a wide range of ‘micro-ingredients’, which numerically out-number the major feed materials. These ingredients perform vital functions and may be subject to very stringent legislative control.
Such ingredients include authorized feed additives, functional feed materials used at low levels to impart specific benefits, in-feed veterinary medicines and possibly processing aids.
These products all have very defined and specific functions either in the feed itself or through physiological or metabolic effects in the animals which ultimately consume them. It is therefore imperative that they are used correctly and in compliance with any conditions of use which may be defined in relevant authorising regulations or marketing authorisations.
The Handbook of Feed Additives provides an invaluable ‘one stop shop’ for premixture and feed formulators, veterinary surgeons, regulators and control authorities. It may be used to establish the availability of suitable products for specific applications and to ensure that they are then used at the right level for the right species, in full accordance with the regulations or the manufacturer’s recommendations. In this context, the legislative guidance throughout the book relates to European (EU) regulations concerning the authorisation and use of feed additives and the definition and labeling of feed materials”.
* British Association of Feed Supplement and Additive Manufacturers
British Veterinary Journal
“The presentation is masterly with indexing and cross-indexing allowing full access to all the data in an unambiguous manner.
The prescribing veterinarian would be well advised to take notice and see to it, not only that he has the handbook in his car, but also knows which of the products contained therein are being fed to animals in his care”.
The Veterinary Record
“This Handbook has become even more useful than previously … providing the information needed for the careful completion of veterinary written directions in an easy to use format. By having all data sheets arranged in alphabetical order any one named product can be located rapidly. Thus, the inclusion rates for a product, the quantity of active ingredient(s) in the final feed, the product licence number, the withdrawal period and any other relevant information can be found quickly”.
Royal Veterinary College
Former President Don Haxby (review in Feed Compounder)
“This publication will be an invaluable aid and reference for all farm animal practitioners to whom I commend it.
It contains in alphabetical order, using trade names, all the commonly used feed additives giving inclusion rates, contra-indications, dosage rates and methods of administration. Withdrawal times are cited. Package quantities and legal categories are clearly stated thus making it easy for the busy veterinary surgeon to write an accurate prescription without recourse to individual company data sheets”.
“Buy it and save time, temper and trouble”.
Dr Brian Cooke, former Chairman of the Scientific Committee
“The Handbook is of vital importance to all feed manufacturers, veterinary surgeons and, indeed, anyone involved with farm livestock production and husbandry”.
The Farmers Guardian
“A book which has proved invaluable to home-mixers, tradesmen and veterinary surgeons alike”.