Nutritional Feed Macro Ingredients

Nutritional Feed Macro Ingredients

Building a Foundation for Animal Nutrition: As one of the largest agricultural processors in the world, ADM is dedicated to the quality and innovation of animal nutrition products.

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A Global Leader in Animal Nutrition

We are a leading provider of feed and nutritional supplements for specialty animal markets and livestock, and have over 120 year of experience. Our deep macro ingredient know-how and high-quality materials allow us to offer innovative solutions to nutritional challenges. Take advantage of our optimized supply chain and R&D capabilities by partnering with ADM, a premier origination network with major production areas throughout the world.

Our macro ingredient offerings include a robust portfolio of grains, oilseed products, meals and co-products, making sure there is a product that is right for your application. These ingredients can be used as sources of protein, energy, fiber, carbohydrates and functional ingredients to formulate a feed that meets the dietary requirements needed.


Target Specific Feed Challenges

ADM provides an expansive ingredient-sourcing network, production capabilities and blending services to serve all sectors of the livestock, poultry, swine, ruminant and petfood & aqua markets. Our macro ingredients offer the flexibility and versatility you need to formulate a complete feeding solution and optimize not only production and profits, but also animal health.


In addition to our standalone macro ingredients, ADM offers a full range of link to Premix & Services that can be blended to suit your custom requirements, as well as a host of link to Feed Additives & Ingredients to ensure you’re getting the most out of your animal nutrition.

Grains & Grain Products

Grain and grain co-products products provide excellent sources of energy, and can be used for a large range of species. We offer ingredients milled not only from wheat, but from corn, barley and sorghum.

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A cereal grain primarily grown for human use, wheat is also used in the animal and pet industry for its energy value. ADM offers wheat as milling products such as middlings, as well as a whole grain. Learn more about these wheat products on our bulk animal feed page.


Considered the gold standard for cereal grains, corn is a palatable energy source that is low in fiber and can be fed with minimal processing. Corn is available as a whole grain or as a milled product such as hominy, gluten meal, corn gluten feed, corn germ meal and dried distillers grain solubles (DDGs). Learn more about these corn products on our bulk animal feed page



Barley is a palatable cereal grain with slightly more crude protein and fiber than corn. It is available as a whole grain ingredient.


Sorghum (milo) is a cereal grain primarily used to provide energy and protein, and is used in a similar fashion to corn in livestock diets. Sorghum is available as a whole grain or as a milled hominy feed product.

Our grains come in a host of grain products, meals and feed. 


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Oilseed-Based Macro Ingredients

ADM processes a wide variety of oilseeds into high-protein meals, refined oils and nutrient-dense ingredients. Our oilseeds include soybean, cotton, sunflower, canola/rapeseed and flax, and we select only the top-grade products for processing.

ADM processes a wide variety of oilseeds into high-protein meals, refined oils and nutrient-dense ingredients. Our oilseeds include soybean, cotton, sunflower, canola/rapeseed and flax, and we select only the top-grade products for processing.


Soybeans are widely available, highly palatable, and rich in essential amino acids and protein. They are available as soy hulls or in meal (flake) form. After the hulls are removed, soybeans are processed through oil solvent extraction.


An excellent source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, canola/rapeseed has gained widespread acceptance as a quality protein source. Canola/rapeseed is available in meal form, with a nutrient profile that complements a host of other ingredients in livestock feed.


Available in multiple formats –meal, hull and whole—cottonseed is an excellent protein source. Cottonseed meal complements a variety of other plant and animal proteins, while cottonseed hulls are an effective fiber source and are available in loose or pelleted forms. Whole cottonseeds are a unique combination of slow-release energy, protein and fiber, helping to maintain good digestive function and performance.


Sunflower meal offers a palatable source of fiber and protein, aiding in the formulation of effective cattle feed. Sunflower's nutrient profile complements that of soybean, creating a very effective and desirable combination.


Obtained from the grinding of flaxseed, linseed is one of the oldest feed ingredients on the market. It complements other ingredients in feed and is valued for its ability to produce sheen in the coats of animals that consume it.

Palm Kernel Expeller

PKE (Palm Kernel Expeller) is a source of fiber, protein and oil. It’s used mainly in the dairy feed but can be used as gap filler in most animal diets due the balance composure.

Our range of oilseeds are processed to produce a variety of different end products. 

Oils/Energy Products

Using our portfolio of oilseeds and oil processing, ADM produces several types of vegetable oil products for use in feed formulations. The products are offered as vegetable oils, such as corn, soybean, flax and canola, or as a vegetable oil refinery lipid. Vegetable oils (primarily corn and soybean) are used to add energy and contain a high amount of essential fatty acids. Refinery lipid consists primarily of the salts of fatty acids, glycerides and phosphatides from vegetable oil refining. A readily available source of energy for livestock, it functions similarly to vegetable oil in animal diets.

For more information about our oil/energy products, see our feed ingredients catalog.

Additional Products

In addition to grain and oilseed ingredients, ADM also offers macro ingredients from alternative raw sources, such as beets, peas, lupins and beans. ADM can source peas, lupins and beans in their raw, whole, non-GMO form, farmer dressed or machine cleaned.

Sugar Beet Pulp

Sugar beet pulp pellets (SBPP) are a co-product of the sugar production from sugar beets. The pectin, hemicellulose, and cellulose they contain are highly digestible for ruminants. Compared to cereal-based feed, the long-chain carbohydrates of SBPP are catabolized slowly and continuously, which can help reduce problems with ruminal fermentation and acidosis. Because of their palatability and high energy content, pellets are a popular component in compound feed or direct feed for ruminants, pigs and horses.


Peas (Pisum Sativum L.) are a highly valuable protein source for animal nutrition ranging between 20-24% on a dry matter basis. Peas are high in starch (48-54% on a dry matter basis) and low in fibre (8% on a dry matter basis). Anti-nutritional factors include trypsin inhibitors, tannins and lectins. Many forms of processing including toasting, flaking, extrusion and pelleting have been found to improve the nutritional value and digestibility of peas.


The Blue or Sweet Lupin (Angustiflous L.) is an alkaloid-free variant of lupin cultivated in Australia, the largest producer of blue lupins. The Lupin seed is a high source in protein (32-40% on a dry matter basis) and largely free of anti-nutritional factors. Lupins are popular in dairy cattle and swine production.

Field Beans

The Field Bean (Vicia Faba L.) is an ideal protein source (24-28% on a dry matter basis) with good starch (42-46% on a dry matter basis) content. The bean is high in lysin and low in methionine, cysteine and low fibre levels. The bean can contain tannins that may reduce digestibility. The tannins are found mostly in the hull and can be removed through dehulling. The bean is usually rolled, ground or micronized flaked to improve starch digestibility.

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