THE USE OF UNREGISTERED ANIMAL FEEDS

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The Meat Board once again wants to remind the farmer community that only registered animal feed products may be used as livestock feed.  This is in line with the Fertilizer, Farm Feeds, Agricultural remedies and Stock remedies Act (Act 36 of 1947), as well as being in line with FAN Meat standards for producers.  These standards clearly state that only feeds that have been registered as such, may be used as animal feed.  These standards also clearly state that chicken manure may NOT be used as animal feed.  The use of chicken manure is an unsanitary practice as it can lead to the spread of diseases as well as unwanted antibiotic residues in meat.  Furthermore, Namibia’s most important trading partner, the European Union, strictly prohibits this practice.  The farmers community is therefore made aware of the fact that chicken manure is NOT registered as animal feed in Namibia and that the use thereof is not in the interest of the meat industry.