Overall global feed production for the swine business grew by 6% in 2017.
That was one of the conclusions that can be found in this year’s Alltech Global Feed Survey, released late last week. In this annual survey, the animal health nutrition company aims to summarise and estimate the trends in global feed production of the year gone by. The 7th edition of the annual survey now covers 144 countries and more than 30,000 feed mills.
According to the survey, feed production for the swine business grew fastest in Asia-Pacific, followed by Africa and Europe, see Table 1.
China and Russia key players on pig feed market
The survey stated: “Global leaders in pork production led the way in pig feed production in 2017. The world’s largest market, China, saw a rebound in pig feed production, and Russia grew, where government policy favours internal production and import displacement. Many smaller countries, particularly those in Africa, such as Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda and Namibia, also showed marked increases in pig feed production.”
In Europe, Russia was a main driver of growth of swine feed production. Photo: Hans Prinsen
When zooming in on the top-7 countries in terms of feed production worldwide, the survey concluded that these accounted for 61% of all swine feed production in the world. These countries are China, USA, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, India and Spain.
General results of the feed survey
Also taking into account feed production for other species, the survey concluded that international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tonnes for the 2nd consecutive year, with a total of 1.07 billion metric tonnes of feed produced in 2017.
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