Global feed production continued to increase last year by 3.7 per cent, setting a record at more than one billion tonnes, says Alltech about the results of its 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey.
Production has increased by 19 per cent since 2012, even though the number of feed mills has declined by seven per cent.
Africa had the largest percentage increase for the fifth year in a row and Chines production is also increasing at a rapid clip.
North American production last year was roughly equal with the year before.
Alltech says this sixth annual survey is the most comprehensive ever, now covering 141 countries and more than 30,000 feed mills.
The results show that the U.S. and China are the top two countries, producing one-third of all animal feed, and that predominant growth came from the beef, pig and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.