Food for Animals

Making the highest and best use of food means Vermonters may share leftover food scraps with chickens, on a small scale and pigs if strict guidelines are followed to ensure the health of the livestock.

Pigs may be fed uncontaminated fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, dairy, eggs, and vegetable oils, but no meat, fish, or their bones, oils, or juices, or ANY food that has touched these substances. Feeding pigs meat, fish and food contaminated by meat or fish can lead to pig illness or death and is illegal under Vermont Law. Some food scraps from food manufacturing, such as spent brewery grain and whey, can also be fed to animals.

For more information, consult the Agency of Agriculture's Guidance on Feeding Food Scraps to Pigs
Contact the VT Agency of Agriculture Animal Health Section at the links below to learn how to prevent contamination.