Feed Inspection

Feed Inspection  Livestock and pet feeds are inspected to confirm the feeds are registered for sale in Colorado, and that they are properly labeled .  Inspectors submit samples to the ICS Laboratory, which tests the feed for compliance with the guarantees listed on the label.  Inspections are performed to make sure that certain livestock feeds are in compliance with the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or "Mad Cow Disease") prevention regulations

Necessary documentation for the inspection:

  • Feed inspections

    • Registration

    • Labels, custom mix invoices, commercial feed labels

    • Distribution records

    • If medicated feeds are manufactured: 

      • Production records

      • Distribution records, delivery records

      • Equipment cleanout records:  Mill and truck

      • Truck log, including unloading sequence

  • BSE inspections

    • Receiving records, including transporter delivery log (to verify product hauled just prior to product delivery; if prohibited, cleanout verification)

    • Production records for mill

    • Delivery vehicle sequence record, and cleanout record

    • Letter from supplier if they only produce non-prohibitive material


What to expect during an inspection:

  • The inspector needs to have ready access to any of the feed products in inventory and copies of labels to send in with samples. 
  • For feed products other than "small package" products, the inspector may need to collect samples from ten (10) bags or containers.  This sampling procedure may include inserting a test probe into each bag. 
    • The resulting holes are then patched by means of a State of Colorado Department of Agriculture Seal. 
    • These samples are bagged, identified, and sent to the ICS laboratory for analysis. 
  • After completing the inspection, the inspector will compile a report with multiple copies that will need to be signed. 
  • Also, a review of product labels and manufacturers' registrations may be conducted.