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Alltech: World now produces more than 1B metric tons of feed


International feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the first time, despite a 7 percent decrease in the number of feed mills, according to the latest results from the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey.

The sixth annual survey covers the production stats in more than 30,000 feed mills in 141 countries. U.S. and China are the top two countries, producing one-third of all animal feed. Predominant growth came from the beef, pig, and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries.

“This year clearly demonstrates the growing efficiency and consolidation of the feed industry,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts for Alltech. “Not only has total feed production exceeded 1 billion tons for the first time, but it has done so with fewer facilities, which means greater efficiencies and a decreased environmental footprint.”

What impact will TPP and NAFTA have on 2017 feed production?

“There is a lot of uncertainty currently regarding trade policies, but agriculture has shown an ability to be extremely adaptable to all situations,” Connolly said. “We expect that no matter what decisions are taken, the feed industry will continue to grow.”

Some key points on North America and the U.S. from the survey:

  • North America feed production remains relatively flat. However, the region continues to lead other regions in feed production for beef, turkey, pet, and equine.
  • Global dairy feed production remained flat, while the U.S. and India reinforced their position as the top two producers with increases of 12 and 14 percent, respectively, whereas Europe saw a downturn.
  • The U.S. maintained the top position in the beef industry, and estimated feed production was 10 percent higher than last year. China, Spain, Turkey, and Mexico all showed increased beef feed production.
  • The 2016 survey was able to gather more pet sector data than previous years, allowing for more information to be captured on the size and scale of the market. The U.S. remained number one, while Europe and Asia also showed growth.

The Alltech Global Feed Survey assesses compound feed production and prices through information collected by Alltech’s global sales team and in partnership with local feed associations. It is intended to serve as an information resource for policymakers, decision makers, and industry stakeholders.

“The Alltech Global Feed Survey provides valuable information and is an annual pulse check on the feed industry as we look toward sustainably feeding a growing population,” said Connolly. “The survey continues to improve and provide more robust and reliable data.”

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