The objective in the formulated feed industry today is to manufacture a diet that targets animals' nutritional requirements, meets or exceeds the customers' expectations, satisfies environmental concerns and provides favourable economics.
Although the focus in the past has often been strictly on economics, shifting trends in today's society underlies the importance of environmental issues. Feeds that are ''environmentally friendly'' are not only popular but are being demanded by the public. The issues of today include processing a feed in a manner that will maximize animal efficiency by freeing feedstuffs for human consumption, reducing animal waste outputs and eliminating food-borne illness in the food supply chain.
As formulated feeds become more sophisticated to meet the specific physiological needs of the animal and the environmental expectations of the public, processing technologies such as extrusion will become a factor in this industry.
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