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Alltech Global Feed Survey reveals first production decline in nine years

Decline largely due to African swine fever.

January 30, 2020
By Canadian Poultry magazine


The 2020 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage decreased by 1.07 per cent to 1.126 billion metric tons of feed produced last year, due largely to African swine fever (ASF) and the decline of pig feed in the Asia-Pacific region.

The top nine feed-producing countries are the U.S., China, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Germany. Together, these countries produce 58% of the world’s feed production and contain 57 per cent of the world’s feed mills, and they can be viewed as an indicator of overall trends in agriculture.

Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, shared the survey results via public livestream from Alltech’s global headquarters in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

The global data, collected from 145 countries and nearly 30,000 feed mills, indicates feed production by species as: broilers 28 per cent; pigs 24 per cent; layers 14 per cent; dairy 12 per cent; beef 10 per cent; other species six per cent; aquaculture four per cent; and pets two per cent. Predominant growth came from the layer, broiler, aqua and pet feed sectors.

Regionally, the U.S. is the largest feed-producing country globally with an estimated 214 million metric tons (MMT), with beef (61.09 MMT), broilers (48.525 MMT) and pigs (44.86 MMT) as the leading species.

North America saw steady growth of 1.6 per cent over last year.

Canada produced 21.6 MMT with pigs (8.23 MMT), broilers (3.25 MMT) and dairy (4.2 MMT) leading species feed production.

In the poultry sector, Asia-Pacific is the leader in both broiler (115.2 MMT) and layer (73.1 MMT) feed.

In Latin America, total broiler production amounted to 60.8 MMT, with Brazil leading the region with 32.1 MMT followed by Mexico with 10.5 MMT, while Mexico’s layer feed production increased by 11 per cent to 7.05 MMT and surpassed Brazil.

Russia leads Europe with 10.86 MMT of the total region’s 56.3 MMT of broiler feed and 5.3 MMT of the region’s total of 33.5 MMT of layer feed.

In North America, the U.S. accounts for 94 per cent of the broiler feed with 48.5 MMT, while layer feed in Canada increased by 460,000 metric tons.