Setting up an Animal Feed Manufacturing Company

Animal feed manufacturing plays a vital role in the overall food production industry. It’s a very active business and its players are always in dynamic interaction.

If you want to start an animal feed production, then our guide can help you understand the basic facts about how this business operates.

Capital Investment Needs

Animal feed manufacturing is a billion-dollar industry, according to the American Feed Industry Association. Feeds are so important in raising poultry, hogs, and livestock that some breeders even have their own feed manufacturing operation on-site. If you are planning to start a feed manufacturing business, you must understand that this is a capital-intensive venture.

You would need a lot of money to buy manufacturing machinery (bagging equipment, boilers, computer process control, conveyors, mixers, dryers, scales, extruder, and grinder), computer technology, and vehicles for transporting raw materials and finished products. Another consideration in this business is the huge inventory investment. Feed manufacturers usually take advantage of fluctuations in feed ingredient prices by buying in bulk when prices are low; or by contracting for supplies months ahead.

Animal Feed Formulation

There are two types of feed products you can manufacture: finished compound feed that can be directly fed to animals and concentrates that animal growers can blend into commercial rations to complete the nutritional requirement for their livestock. The ingredients you would need are feed grains (corn, soybean meal, and oats), oilseed mill products, meat products and special ingredients like dried citrus fruit pulp, orange rinds, dried coffee residues, beet pulps, as well as nutritionally-enhanced meals.

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Animal feed should meet nutritional requirements in terms of energy, protein, fiber and vitamins. And so, to meet requirements while ensuring that the business is profitable, animal feed producers spend substantial amount of resources toward finding out a feed formulation that meets nutritional requirements at the least possible cost. This process needs computers with software for running linear program to calculate the desired diet formulation. It also needs the expertise of animal nutritionists.

Animal Feed Distribution

Feed manufacturers supply their products to dairies, poultry, and swine producers, or to retailers like farm supply stores that sell to people running backyard poultry projects, or simply keeping pets. Feed supplied to retailers cost more because of the extra packaging. Feed packaging is important in that failure to meet regulatory requirements could result to the product being declared misbranded, if, among others it failed to include some required information. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act governs the use of food products, including that used for animals. The Center for Veterinary Medicine regulates animal feed products. A feed license is required by states for persons manufacturing or distributing commercial feed.

For useful information about the industry, visit The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA).

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553 Comments

  • Prince said on May 6, 2009
    Dear Sir, Can you please let me know, which Authority will issue Manufacturing License for Animal Feed products. This is an export requirement. I will highly appreciate for your early response. With best regards, Prince
  • Akhigbe Omodiagbe Evans said on June 1, 2009
    Dear Sir, I want to become an Animal feed distributor, would you please help with a critical insights on system of feed distribution? And also how to organize effective feed distribution. Best Regards, Evans
  • Navendu Bhushan said on June 26, 2009
    Dear Sir, I am quite interested in establishing an animal and poultry feed manufacturing unit please guide me for affiliations, registrations and requirements at the earliest. Regards, Navendu Bhushan
  • Enock Kegodile said on July 23, 2009
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  • collins said on August 7, 2009
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  • Nihit Garodia said on August 22, 2009
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  • bihani agro industries said on September 4, 2009
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  • MANOJ KUMAR said on September 8, 2009
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  • Simon Regis said on September 16, 2009
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  • jitendra markad said on September 24, 2009
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  • Jothy.V.Murugan said on October 30, 2009
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  • kalai said on November 26, 2009
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  • Andrew Kezala said on November 30, 2009
    Good morning, I'm very grateful for all your help in the development of the poultry sector. I would wish to set up a chicken feed store in my area of operation, because farmers purchase feeds from more than 50 miles. So a would wish i have a business plan for a feeds store or actor as an agent. Am in Kyotera Town, Rakai District, Central Uganda
  • Frank Muriungi said on November 30, 2009
    We are an agri systems solutions providers and are interested in getting into animal feed manufacturing. We are in Meru Dist, Kenya, East Africa. Kindly assist us.
  • Mwata said on December 4, 2009
    I am writing a business plan for a chicken and hog feed manufacturing business, in Lusaka, Zambia. I want to produce a high quality animal feed(especially for hog and chicken)pls help me with preparation formula, nutrition values, and capital investment. looking forward to your response. Best regards.
  • GAURAV BHARDWAJ said on December 7, 2009
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  • Atul Chaudhary said on December 8, 2009
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  • Mohammed said on December 19, 2009
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  • Shoeb kachhi said on December 22, 2009
    Sir, i am interested in starting a Cattle feed plant. Please guide me through licensing, target customers, registrations, and raw material requirements in production procedure and their proportion requirements in cattle feed. Please sir, guide me through this.
  • Nitesh Mahajan said on December 30, 2009
    Sir, i Want to setup feed industry in the state of Jammu Kashmir, I'm already in the manufacturing of vanaspati, refined oil, mustard oil, Binola & sarso khall, i have the land but interested in knowing the manufacturing process, machinery requirement, as well as raw material requirement. plz let me know urgently Contact No.09814009330
  • ahmed said on January 2, 2010
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  • yogesh shukla said on January 5, 2010
    how to start cattle feed industry in india, its cost and specific location. allahabad, u.p, india
  • sushma pandey said on January 10, 2010
    Dear Sir, I want my own cattle feed manufacturing unit in the area near to jaipur, rajesthan, India. Please give me some important insights about technology required, finance requirement and marketing and distribution of cattle feed. thanking you, sushma pandey
  • Omolara said on January 19, 2010
    I am interested in setting up a Poultry and Catfish Feed Manufacturing Company in Accra, Ghana. Kindly help me with relevant information on all steps and resources needed for a successful establishment. The starting up may have to be on a low - medium scale basis though. Thank you
  • Ephette said on January 27, 2010
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  • Rajesh Patel said on January 28, 2010
    Dear Sir, I want my own cattle feed manufacturing unit in the area near to Bhuj-Kutch (Gujarat), India. Please give me some important insights about technology required, finance requirement and marketing and distribution of cattle feed. Thanks.
  • Henrick Lau said on January 28, 2010
    I would like to set up an animal feedmill for chicken, goats, cattle. My immediate raw material is corn as we have started planting the crop. I am based in East Malaysia. Your assistance is most appreciated. Thanks.
  • Amit Kumar Rai said on February 1, 2010
    Dear Sir, I am establishing one feed mill (cattle and poultry)and for the same what the papers and clearance required from the authorized bodies. For Procurement of maize and molasses what one should do
  • Mivhael E.E. said on February 2, 2010
    Dear sir, I want to start a commercial poultry feed company. could you please inform me of the necessary steps and amount? I am from Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.
  • kumar rahul said on February 2, 2010
    dear sir, i want to start a maize cattle feed manufacturing unit, supply of raw materials in this area is sufficient, please guide me, what is the cost of plant and machinery, working capital, required number of labours. i'm from kishanganj, bihar, india.
  • muitiriri said on February 7, 2010
    Dear sir, have registered a commercial animal feeds and products manufacturing company want to know on the best formulars and cost effective please advice. I'm Nakuru Kenya.
  • jai sarswat said on February 15, 2010
    hello sir. i want to start up an business of cattle feed at initial level. so plz guide me about starting cost (fix cost and running cost), manufacturing process, man power. i m from sriganganagar, rajasthan, india.
  • Doltade said on February 24, 2010
    Dear Sir, I want complete details of setup in India, please provide with machinery availability also. Mumbai, MS, INDIa
  • Diwaker said on February 27, 2010
    I Want to set up a Poultry feed manufacturing set up. Plz give me desired guidelines for machinery requirement, their costing, manufacturing technique, technical composition, estimated set up cost, raw material availability & finished good sale points. I want to set up at Jalandhar (Punjab).
  • Martin Kalanda Kizza said on February 27, 2010
    I am interested in setting up a Poultry and Catfish Feed Manufacturing Company in Mukono, Uganda. Kindly help me with relevant information on all steps and resources needed for a successful establishment. The starting up may have to be on a low - medium scale basis though. Thank you
  • HARILAL RAKHASHIYA said on February 28, 2010
    i want to establish poultry feed plant, plz give me appropriate information for total cost of machinery equipment and factory outlay i meat estimation total cost to start the manufacturing unit of the poultry feed plant, i want to establish in Gujarat. thanks
  • Rouf Rasool said on February 28, 2010
    Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. i want to establish animal feed manufacturing plant, please provide with relevant information about setting up the plant, availability of raw material required and the cost of machinery or the manufacturing unit. Thank you
  • Bello Adam said on March 4, 2010
    I am a poultry farmer based in Sokoto-Nigeria, I produce my own feed (mash), I want to start producing pelleted feed ( because of it improves feed efficiency ) but pelleting machines are not available locally. Pls i need help.
  • vijay kumar said on March 5, 2010
    sir, i want to start feed supplement business in kanpur (u.p.) pls provide legal aspects? regarding it & what are minimum licensing documents which are required. regard vijay kumar, the mall, kanpur(u.p.)
  • Odutola Abayomi said on March 12, 2010
    Kaduna, kaduna, Nigeria. Sir, i want to start marketing animal feed (chicken and dog feed) i don't know how to go about it.
  • Renato P Baltazar said on March 17, 2010
    I want to know hog feed ingredients and its formulation for my own hog farm. How I wish you could share to me some information. Valencia City, Philippines
  • Sharad said on March 19, 2010
    I am looking for any standard but specialized farming product for sales. Its (product) will be sold to shops on wholesale basis. Kindly help.
  • Tembuck said on March 21, 2010
    I am in Cameroon and wish to engage in the production and marketing of complete poultry feed and premixes. Kindly direct me to where I can obtain formula to produce premixes and feeds.
  • ramesh said on March 22, 2010
    i want to set animal feed mill setup. plz tell me how much cost needed to setup this business. plz tell me a project report on feed production cost.
  • Satyajit said on March 23, 2010
    Pune, Maharashtra, India. Dear Sir, Please send me the details of manufacturing of cattle/poultry feed. such as Required raw material, machinery, initial investment etc. and the profitability of the business.
  • Manoj kumar 'kothar' said on March 25, 2010
    I want to start a manufacturing unit of cattle feed. My location is PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA. Please send formulation, ingredients, machinaries name with rate & supplier address/phone no. Please send also the list of required licensing authority. My mob. no. is- 09835286957. Thanks,
  • imran said on March 26, 2010
    i am interested in setting up a feed manufacturing plant in kashmir. can u help me out in knowing the machinery used in it and their cost also and the rest of cost involved in establishing a feed plant on present day requirements and technology available in the market.
  • Jill Odende said on March 31, 2010
    Dear Sir, I am poultry (layers) farmer in Yala, Kenya. I would like to start feed milling plant at the farm. My farm has a capacity of 6000 birds. please advise on machinery, and any other technical information regarding this area including actual formulation of layer feeds. Thank you
  • DICK NDATIRA SEBAHIRE said on March 31, 2010
    I live in Uganda near the boarder of Rwanda and DRC there is a strong growing need for manufacture of Animal Feeds I need your intervention to help me start this activity
  • subhash kakade said on April 8, 2010
    i want information of small corn processing plant. which product i can go? where can i get equipment for that? i am from solapur state maharashtra, india
  • Kofi Ayisa said on April 16, 2010
    Dear Madam/Sir, Could you please provide me with the ideas and the necessary steps and cost to start a poultry feed production business? I leave in Liberia and realized that there are not such feed producers in the country, which is just coming out of 14 years of civil war. Thank you, Kofi
  • senthil said on April 17, 2010
    Dear Sir, I still in cattle feed manufacturing in the area near to puduvayal-Karaikudi (Tamilnadu), India. Please give me some important insights about technology required, finance requirement, formula and marketing and distribution of cattle feed. contact +91 09976436869 Thanks.
  • Agnishkumar said on April 17, 2010
    Dear Sir, I am establishing one feed mill (cattle) for the same what the papers and clearance required from the authorized bodies. For Procurement of maize, wheat bran, ground cake rice bran and molasses what one should do contact: agnishkumar_kumar@yahoo.com
  • gopal rana said on April 21, 2010
    sir i request to you please suggest to me opening a small feed mill and also help loan procedure no of lacs are required
  • shashikant said on April 23, 2010
    respected sir, i wanted to know the entire marketing process of poultry feed products in maharstra
  • parth agarwal said on April 28, 2010
    please give me the addresses of all manufacturers of cattle feed plant and machines in india. please provide me the telephone nos as well.
  • avishek said on April 28, 2010
    Sir, I am planning to set up a cattle & poultry feed manufacturing unit in siliguri (west- bengal)so please provide me the complete details regarding the unit .
  • Ranjan Pradhan said on April 29, 2010
    I want to start a manufacturing unit of cattle feed. My location is Orissa, INDIA. Please send formulation, investment, ingredients, machinaries name with rate & supplier address/phone no. Please send also the list of required licensing authority. My mob. no. is- 09543258976. Thanks,
  • Kisulani David said on April 30, 2010
    Dear Madam/Sir, Could you please provide me with the ideas and the necessary steps and cost to start a small scale animal (i.e poultry) feed production business? I leave in Sironko Uganda and realized that there are not such feed producers in the area, which is having abundant maize bran, wheat bran and cheap labour. Thank you, Kofi
  • JNANADEEP MALLICK said on April 30, 2010
    Sir, I want to make a cattle feeds manufacturing company. please give me fee structure of the project. cuttack is the business location. Cuttack, Orissa, India
  • abhishek gaur said on May 7, 2010
    dear Sir i want to start cattle feed industry in M.P. india pls suggest because i have not much knowledge about that. thanks rgds Abhishek
  • k venkatesh said on May 10, 2010
    I Want to start cattle feeding business and i dont have money how to get loan and where to get the loan and what is the maintenance cost and how much profit can i get from it
  • harrison karani said on May 11, 2010
    i want to know how to manufacture cattle and poultry feeds. please let me know the machine to buy for these projects .
  • Olumide Oyetade said on May 14, 2010
    Can you help out on requirement to start up small scale manufacturing and distribution of animal feeds in Lagos Nigeria
  • oyelola olajide said on May 16, 2010
    i am a poultry practitioner with about 1500 laying bird, pls sir i need a layers formula that will improve my egg production in my farm at ikorodu Lagos Nigeria
  • Oyemike Ifeanyi said on May 20, 2010
    I am a Nigerian interested in producing poultry feeds. I need a brief estimate of the prices of the machines used in this venture? I hope to start with a small scale production and expand in the near future. I would like to hear from you soon. Thanks!
  • phyllis said on May 21, 2010
    We want to start pelleting broiler feeds, may you please assist on the ingredients that are required for good quality pellets or the binding. Zimbabwe, Harare
  • Rashmiranjan said on May 24, 2010
    Dear Sir, I am interested to start a Animal feed business, so pl let me know the initial capital investment, machinary for that business.. T & R Ranjan
  • dr eltahir said on May 24, 2010
    dear we need compressing hydrolic machine for production of animal mineral block 5kg cattle salt lick desert star company khartoum sudan
  • IZZY said on May 26, 2010
    Bushenyi, Uganda. Interested in producing chicken feeds. Please advise on inputs for a medium scale production plant.
  • Syed Abidi said on May 29, 2010
    I am interested to start small scale business so I please provide me a bright idea in this matter. I do not have any specific sector to invest only looking for save and profitable business, waiting for your good advise thanks with best regards.
  • Abba Issa said on May 31, 2010
    As the President of the Board of our company in livestock inputs distribution, I envision to engage the company in Urea Molasse Block production. Therefore, I'm looking for UMMB's equipment manufacturers in India.
  • milap said on May 31, 2010
    dear sir, i want to invest 25 million dollar in Australian animal feed industries, can you help me how it useful to get more return on my investment
  • Sourab Duggal said on June 1, 2010
    Hello Sir/Madam, I want to start a manufacturing unit of cattle feed. I would like to know more about cattle feed production line, plant costs, area required, and profitability of investment. My location is Phgawara, Punjab, INDIA. Please send formulation, ingredients, machinaries name with rate & supplier address/phone no. Please send also the list of required licensing authority. My mob. no. is- 09876750335. Thanks, Sourab
  • satish khanal said on June 1, 2010
    Dear sir, i want to import veterinary products in my country so i am looking for good establish company please help me for that. satish khanal, CEO, Krasota International, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • David Kiguli said on June 3, 2010
    Kampala Uganda. Sir, i want to start a hog feed mill medium size, can you tell me about costs of machinery, formulation, ingredients, and any other advice.
  • Jerry said on June 7, 2010
    Hello. I am writing a business plan on premix feed ingredients for beef feedlot production and actual feedlotting in Botswana. Can you give me any information on the enterprise budget for a medium scale production i.e. 2000 head of animals per feedlot term and information of preparing actual animal feed. Thank you.
  • J.K.Singh said on June 16, 2010
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  • Chinenye said on June 16, 2010
    i am interested in the manufacturing of animal feeds for poultry, fish and snail. help me with details of the things i need/Business plan. I am based in owerri Imo State Nigeria. Thanks
  • Kennedy said on June 17, 2010
    i want to manufacture fish feeds an Kenya. Please assist me know the required equipments and raw materials.
  • G. L. Sarraf said on June 18, 2010
    I am located in Kolkata city of India. I desire to establish a manufacturing unit for the production of Cattle & Poultry feed. Pl. provide necessary guidance. Thanks, G. L. Sarraf
  • KRISHNA KUMAR said on June 22, 2010
    I am interested in setting up a manufacturing unit of cattle feed in muzaffarpur, Bihar. Pls. mail us project cost and necessary advise
  • A R M Iliyaash said on June 28, 2010
    Dear Sir, I want to start a manufacturing unit of cattle feed. I would like to know more about cattle feed production line, plant costs, area required, we want to manufacture quality cattle feed for our own requirement, because we are already running a dairy farm. My location is Palakkad, kerala, INDIA. Please send formulation, ingredients, machinaries name with rate & supplier address/phone no. Please send also the list of required licensing authority. My mob. no. is- 09880052001. Thanks, Iliyaash- MD, Karmi Agro Farms Pvt.Ltd.,
  • palaniappan said on June 29, 2010
    in need best solution starting business in tamilnadu state in sivagangai district karaikudi town to madurai town in suitable business
  • Louis Mongoai said on July 2, 2010
    I have just started a small scale sheep farming. I would like to establish a small scale cattle and sheep feed manufacturing unit. Please advice me on all steps and resources needed for the successful establishment. Louis Mongoai Limpopo Province, South Africa
  • prodmash pimola@mail.ru said on July 2, 2010
    OAO Prodmash is one of the leading enterprises in Russia producing the equipment for food industries and also it specializes at the development and production of manufacturing equipment an complex lines for pelleting different products (formula feed, sunflower peel, waste wood and others). Our company specializes at the production of the main spare parts to the pelleting mashines - dies. We are interested in establishing cooperation with foreign companies, particularly in Buyers
  • neeraj banka said on July 6, 2010
    i want to start the production of cattle feed for this i need adequate knowledge about the machinery, cost of production and total investment in setting up this plant.
  • Arunesh Tewari said on July 6, 2010
    Dear sir, I want to start a manufacturing unit of cattle feed. I want to know in detail about cattle feed production line, machines, plant cost and the area required and the licensing authorities. please send details for formulation, ingredients, machine supplies etc. My location is - M.I.G. B / 9, Gujaini, Kanpur - 208022. (U.P.)
  • manoj parmar said on July 8, 2010
    i want to start a small scale cattle feed manufacturing plant. i would like to know more about cattle feed. what are the raw materials used in manufacturing the cattle feed. please assist. and what type of machines are required
  • Amitesh Sabale said on July 9, 2010
    Resp Sir, I want to set up an small scale cotton seed cake production unit, so please assist me for the same as soon as possible. my plant location will be Tal-Kopargaon, Dist-0A'Nagar, Maharashtra state
  • nitin said on July 15, 2010
    dear sir now i am having my own trading business of feed of cattle i want to start marketing of mineral mixture calcium bolus by my own brand name please provide me the necessary details,
  • ranjan bose said on July 17, 2010
    i want to a small scale cattle feed production unit, raiganj, west bengal, please assist me in details about this small unit.
  • Adeleke said on July 20, 2010
    dear sir, i want to open livestock feed production in nigeria cos i have a poultry farm but i want to expand to be producing my feed. i would be very grateful if u can tell me the machinery i need and i much everything is going to cost me.
  • Dr. Bhagwan Das MUkati said on July 21, 2010
    sir i am working with a project BAIF and I want to establish a small scale poultry feed production unit for our villagers who r rearing small scale poultry so please suggest me the cost, equipment required.
  • shailly goel said on July 23, 2010
    sir i am already in business of trading of cattle feed. i want to get into its export. kindly let me know the procedure?

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