Frequently asked Questions

Question 1


What is the Universal Feed Assurance Scheme?

The scheme covers the production, merchanting and haulage of compound feeds and feed materials to farms. It embraces all applicable National and European legislation and Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP), and allows for full traceability from the source of raw material to the finished feed on farm. Roche's Feeds have been accredited under UFAS since 2005. We see it as a vital part of our quality policy.



Question 2


What are Carbohydrates and what are the main sources of Carbohydrates?


Carbohydrates are needed in order to get a source of energy for animals. Main sources are barley, wheat and maize.



Question 3


What are Proteins needed for and what are the main sources of Proteins?


Proteins are necessary for growth, repair and reproduction. They are also necessary to maintain rumen function. Main sources are Soya, Rapeseed, Distillers and Minerals



Question 4


Why are Minerals and Vitamins needed in animal feed and what are the benefits?


Minerals such as calcium are needed for growing animals and also for healthy teeth and to build strong bones. Minerals and Vitamins are needed to ensure herd health and performance. The main ones are Copper, Selenium, Iodine, Zinc, Magnesium, Cobalt, Calcium and Phosphorus.


Question 5


What are the benefits in using Magnesium?


Magnesium can be linked to Calcium intake to assist strong bones and teeth. When added to feed it acts as an aid in the prevention of Grass Tetany and is vital in lactating animals. Dairy cows need to receive 30mg Magnesium per day, (approx 1oz), hence the saying 2oz to 8lbs, as Cal Mag is only 55% magnesium.  


Question 6


Why use Water?


Water is the most important nutrient on a farm and the cheapest. It is vital to ensure an adequate supply of clean, fresh water is available at all times to the animals



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We at Roche's Feeds wish to advise customers that every effort has been made to make the information on this website accurate. However rations may have to be changed at the discretion of the Nutritionist as a result of market forces.  Should this arise we will substitute the product with an alternative ingredient of a similar structure. A product may also be changed to improve the benefits of the mix in the best interests of the farmer.