feed


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to feed: feed the beast, RSS Feed

feed

(fēd)
v. fed (fĕd), feeding, feeds
v.tr.
1.
a. To give food to; supply with nourishment: feed the children.
b. To provide as food or nourishment: fed fish to the cat.
2.
a. To serve as food for: The turkey is large enough to feed a dozen.
b. To produce food for: The valley feeds an entire county.
v.intr.
1. To eat. Used of animals: pigs feeding at a trough.
2. To be nourished or supported: an ego that feeds on flattery.
n.
1.
a. Food for animals, especially livestock.
b. The amount of such food given at one time.
2. Informal A meal, especially a large one: We had a great feed at the restaurant.
3. The act of providing food, especially to an animal: food given at one feed.

feed

materials of nutritional value fed to animals. Each species has a normal diet composed of feeds or feedstuffs which are appropriate to its kind of alimentary tract and which are economically sensible as well as being nutritious and palatable. Agricultural animals at pasture have a diet which is very variable and subject to naturally occurring nutritional deficiencies. See also ration.

acidification of feed
used to enhance the stomach acidity, reducing pH and salmonella infection as well as improving pig performance.
feed additives
pharmaceutical or nutritional substances that are not natural feedstuffs are added to made-up and stored feeds for various purposes, chiefly to control infectious disease or to promote growth. Improper use may cause poisoning in the subject animals or undesirable residues in food for human consumption produced by the animals. The use of additives in this way is strictly controlled by legislation in most countries. Some of them require a prescription by a veterinarian to comply with local poisons laws. See also mass medication, growth promotants.
feed beets
varieties of Beta vulgaris developed specifically to provide feed for cattle.
feed blocks
nutritional materials pressed into a block form which animals lick or nibble. Used usually as a vehicle for protein and mineral-vitamin mixes with a variable amount of carbohydrate in the form of cereal grain or molasses.
feed budget
comparison of feed required with feed available and likely to be grown during the time of the budget projection.
feed bunk
compound feed
a mixture of macro- and micronutrients in appropriate concentrations to be added to grain or concentrate mixtures to provide an adequate diet for high producing animals.
feed concentrates
one method of supplying supplements and additives is to prepare a mix of these substances which is added to the basic ration. These mixes are called concentrates and, because they usually have a high content of cereal grains, mixes that contain only grain are also called concentrates.
feed conversion
units of production (e.g. lb or kg weight gain) per unit of feed fed (lb or kg weight of feed fed) during a specified time period.
feed conversion rate (FCR)
the number of pounds or kilograms of the ration needed to produce 1 pound or kilogram of animal under standard conditions.
feed deprivation
complete or partial withholding of feed.
forage feed
hay, ensilage, green chop. Any feed with a high cellulose content relative to other nutrients.
feed grade
said of a consignment of grain. Suitable for animal feed but not for human consumption.
feed grain
cereal and other grains used as animal feed. Includes wheat, barley, oats, rye, maize, sorghum.
feed hopper
a funnel shaped bin used to store grain or pelleted feed.
pelleted feed
concentrated foods made into pellets. Have the advantages of ease of handling, lack of dust and waste, and a standard composition of the pellets. They have the disadvantage of additional cost and the potential danger of destruction of vitamins by heat or compression during processing. A common feeding technique in poultry and rabbits. See also ruminal parakeratosis.
feed poisoning
a group of acute illnesses due to ingestion of contaminated food. It may result from allergy, toxemia from foods such as those inherently poisonous or those contaminated by poisons, foods containing poisons formed by bacteria or bloodborne infections. Food poisoning usually causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gastroenteritis).
feed refusal
the patient is hungry but refuses to eat the particular feed.
feed residues
materials left over from some treatment of pasture or crop, or of animal material from animals that have been treated with for example a chlorinated hydrocarbon. The residues may be toxic to the animals or their risk may be that of subsequent passage to the human food chain.
feed standards
a set of tables which include the amounts of each dietary constituent required by each age and class of animal for maintenance and for different levels of production. When complemented by tables of composition of feeds it is then possible to accurately formulate rations for individual or groups of animals, a process essential for operation of a least-cost ration feeding program.
feed supplements
nutritive materials which are feedstuffs in their own right and which are added to a basic diet such as pasture to supplement its deficiencies. Includes trace elements and macrofeeds such as protein supplements.
feed antibiotic supplement
antibiotics fed to supply undefined growth promotion factors to farm animals. Called also feed probiotic supplements.
feed probiotic supplement
see feed antibiotic supplement (above).
feed utilization
proportion of a feed which can be utilized by the patient for bodily functions; abnormality may be a characteristic of the feed or of the patient's digestive or metabolic processes.

Patient discussion about feed

Q. Feeding Tub. How does the Feeding Tub works?

A. Is it easy to feed someone with a feeding tub?. My husband has cancer and can not eat any thing. The cancer is in the voice box.

Q. I gave birth 2 weeks ago and I am having real difficulties breast feeding it hurts really bad, and I am constantly worried that my baby isn't eating enough. What can I do?

A. if it really hurts, maybe you should stop it for a while (maybe there is a micro/small wound at your nipple). You should cure it first then you can soon start breastfeeding your baby again.

Just make sure you have enough drink, be relaxed while breastfeeding, and have enough & healthy nutrition also!
Stay healthy always..

More discussions about feed
References in periodicals archive ?
Further studies are necessary to document the precise contribution of contaminated animal feed to human illness.
practice was still to use a larger-diameter smooth-bore machine to get desired output at desired melt temperature, even if a polymer would perform better with a grooved feed section.
In tests using its Varex extruder line, a 60-mm, 30:1 L/D model delivered a specific feed rate of 1.
The Sears RSS Feeds include a product image and description, as well as pricing information and a "buy now" button enabling ecommerce in RSS.
In News Feed and Mini-Feed, Facebook does not publish information about Pokes, messages, whose profile a user views, whose photos a user views, whose Notes a user reads, groups and events a user declines to join, people a user rejects as friends or people who a user removes from their Friend List.
Our continued development of solutions that meet the feed manufacturing industry's specific business and compliance requirements, along with strong emphasis on customer satisfaction, has been our key to success.
Organizations can further trim the costs of information work by connecting the Attensa Feed Server to Attensa for Outlook, a business class RSS reader designed to help knowledge workers cut through information overload by intelligently prioritizing RSS feeds and articles.
The company will utilize FeedBurner's FeedFoundry service designed for mass feed management featuring one-click service activation and detailed usage reports across all properties.
Accessible from any computer with Attensa Online synchronization - Users can access their news feeds in Outlook and from any computer with a Web connection and their feeds and articles will always be up-to-date.
The OPRA data feed currently consumes nearly 60 megabits per second of bandwidth for delivery, approximately 10 times the amount of data as the next largest exchange feeds in the market.
This year, FMS received the AFIA Award for its Feed Tags, a comprehensive software solution that enables virtually automated regulatory compliance and includes built-in traceability safeguards.