3% growth in compound feed in 2018

According to data from the Alltech Global Feed Survey released at the end of January 2019, International feed tonnage has increased by a strong 3% to 1.103 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2018, exceeding 1 billion metric tons for the third consecutive year.

The feed is produced in fewer feed mills, meaning that the feed mills become bigger (and smaller in total number) each year. The top 7 countries are China, the US, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico and Spain. All countries showed an increase, except for Brazil, which showed a small decrease in total feed production in 2018 (68.7 million MT versus 69.9 million MT in 2017) and China remains the ultimate winner with 187,9 million MT in 2018.

Re: feed production per animal species, 152.6 million MT layer feed and 304.6 million MT broiler feed was produced. Major growth areas for layer feed included Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. 293.2 million MT pig feed was produced, with the primary producing region for pig feed being Asia-Pacific, but this was also the only region that saw a decline in pig feed production as Mongolia, Vietnam, China, New Zealand and Japan experienced decreases.

Emmy Koeleman, 30th January 2019, www.allaboutfeed.net
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