Ingredient manager uses an Explorer-type tree to organise information. This set-up is entirely user controlled, with the usual right-click options (new, delete, rename etc.) being available. Both folders and items within folders can be sorted according to a user-defined alpha-numeric sort order. This order, once set, is available in all working windows of the program.
Ingredients in the database represent real world ingredients that are used to mix feeds. Examples of ingredients are maize, salt and fishmeal. There is no restriction on the number of ingredients that can be added to the database, or when these can be added. It is possible also to delete ingredients at a later stage, if necessary.
The nutrient concentrations for each ingredient should reflect the composition of each ingredient: where the same ingredient is available to the client at different protein contents, for example, these should be given names that are sufficiently descriptive, and the nutrient contents should reflect these differences. The nutrient concentrations in the database supplied with WinFeed are not guaranteed to be correct, nor are they to accurately reflect the specific ingredients used by each client.
Bag weights may be specified for each ingredient if desired. These bag weights are used in rounding solutions, making it easier to weigh out ingredients to be used in a feed. Default bounds may also be specified, to be used for each ingredient in a new feed. See Rounding and Animal Feed Calculations.