The NIC, among other things, carries out tests on the composition and production of feeds containing insects. At the test farms of ForFarmers, these feeds are then tested on cows, chickens and pigs. They examine such things as the taste and the effects the feeds have on the digestion and performance of the animals. Of course, the insects also need to be fed. The NIC also provides the food for the insects. Research is also being carried out into how insect manure could potentially be utilised.