Global stockfeed production up 2.5pc

Hungry Asia demands more stockfeed as white meat production rises


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Global stockfeed production has grown about 13 per cent in value in the past five years.

Global stockfeed production has grown about 13 per cent in value in the past five years.

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Pigs, poultry and pets are driving much of the increase in Asia-Pacific stockfeed demand says Alltech

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The Asia-Pacific is becoming a hot spot for stockfeed production, lifting another three per cent last year as global output topped 1 billion tonnes for the second year in a row.

Pigs, poultry and pets are driving much of the increase in the region according to the latest survey results from the annual global feed survey across 144 countries by livestock nutrition giant, Alltech.

However, stockfeed used for beef production has declined slightly as demand from chicken, pork and fish producers climbs.

The 2018 survey calculates feed tonnage totalled about 1.07b or 2.5pc more than last year, based on compound feed production information from Alltech’s sales team and feed associations worldwide.

The global feed industry is worth about $531b.

In the past five years it has grown in value about 13pc, or an average 2.5pc, in line with increasing demand for meat, milk and eggs.

China and the US produce a third of all animal feed, with China’s 186.86m tonne output leading the market.

The Asia-Pacific region produces more than 35pc of the world’s feed tonnage, although interestingly, China’s contribution has declined slightly compared to 2016 while the region’s total output grew. - Alltech Global Feed Survey

Both countries enjoyed predominant growth in the pig, broiler and dairy feed sectors last year, although that trend has also been evident across Europe and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Europe’s overall growth trends matched Asia-Pacific driven by increases in pig, broiler and aqua feed production, particularly in Russia which moved up in country rankings from seven to four.

The seventh annual Alltech survey covers output from more than 30,000 feed mills.

Top feed producers

After China and the US, the next busiest stockfeed markets, by production rank, were Brazil, Russia, Mexico, India and Spain.

The top seven have 54pc of the world’s feed mills and account for 53pc of total production.

The Asia-Pacific region produces more than 35pc of the world’s feed tonnage, although interestingly, China’s contribution has declined slightly compared to 2016 while the region’s total output grew.

India and Thailand lifted their production output by about 8pc, and Vietnam by 4pc to become the second-highest producer of pig and aquaculture feeds in the Asia-Pacific.

The region produces 70pc of the world’s aquaculture feeds and 44pc all layer hen feed volumes.

Beef vs chicken

Globally, beef feed production declined about 1pc, primarily in Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Alltech said this reflected a global downward trend generally felt by the industry for some time as more consumers turned to “white” meats such as chicken, pork and fish.

In the poultry industry, broiler feed production increased across all regions, with the largest growth found in Africa with 10pc and Europe (7pc).

Romania, Russia and Ukraine contributed steadily more to Europe’s overall production, while Africa’s growth came primarily from Egypt, Uganda and Mozambique.

Many smaller African countries, particularly Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda and Namibia, also showed increases in pork stockfeed production behind sector leaders, China and Russia

Russian broiler feed production also increased by 3pc, while Ukraine, Romania, the UK and Belgium also reported higher chicken meat industry demand.

Pet food performance

Europe is also the top pet food producing region increasing at 17pc, but the next fastest growing region is on Australia’s doorstep, growing at 13pc a year, with Thailand, Taiwan and  China the primary contributors.

Dairy feed production grew in all regions, led by Europe which increased output 2pc, however Africa saw the largest dairy feed production rise of 10pc.

Alltech chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts, Aidan Connolly, said the survey was as a valuable report on the state of the industry.

“In addition to its insights into the feed industry, it serves as a barometer for agriculture as a whole and often demonstrates the economic strength of those countries included in the survey,” he said.

It was intended to serve as an information resource for policymakers, decision-makers and industry stakeholders, and a good indicator of trends in agriculture.

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