Reading a Manufactured Feed Label

Label format as recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials


(B) For Maintenance of Mature Horses

(C) Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (Min)12.0%
Crude Fat (Min)3.0 %
Crude Fiber (Max)12.0%
Calcium (Min)1.0%
Calcium (Max)1.5%
Phosphorus (Min) 1.0%
Copper (Min) 20 ppm
Selenium (Min)0.20 ppm
Zinc (Min)40 ppm
Vitamin A (Min)2,000 IU/Lb

(D) Ingredient Statement

Grain Products, Plant Protein Products, Processed Grain By-Products, Molasses Products, Roughage Products, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite.

(E) Feeding Directions:
Feed ½ to 1 lb. of feed per 100 lbs. of body weight for the maintenance of mature horses. Feed good quality hay at the rate of 1 to 2 lbs. per 100 lbs. body weight daily. Provide fresh, clean water at all times.

Important: Feed hay along with this ration, as per directions.

(F) Manufactured By:

(G) NET WT 50 LB (22.67kg)


Label Definitions
(A)Brand name, if any, and product name.
(B)Purpose - identifies the species and class(es) for which the feed is intended. The purpose statement may be omitted if the purpose is inherent in the product name.
(C)Guaranteed analysis - lists the amounts of regulated and significant nutrients in the feed.
(D)List of ingredients - ingredients in livestock feeds are generally not listed in order of predominance, i.e., the first ingredient is not necessarily the major ingredient. Additionally, general terms are often used to define ingredients such as "grain products or plant protein products." This allows the manufacturer to 1) respond to market conditions by incorporating flexibility into the formulation and 2) protect the proprietary nature of their product.
(E)Feeding directions plus any warning or caution statements.
(F)Name and address of manufacturer.
(G)Quantity statement.
Unless otherwise stated, all of the information on the label is on an "as fed or as sampled" basis. If evaluating or formulating a ration on a dry matter basis, this information must be converted to a dry matter basis. Most grain mixes are assumed to be 90% dry matter. The label information can be converted to a dry matter basis by dividing the values by 0.9. For example, the crude protein content of this feed equals 12.0/0.9 = 13.3% on a dry matter basis. If the actual dry matter is known, it should be used instead of 0.9.