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Alltech Global Feed Survey 2021 reveals 3% growth in Aquaculture Feed. Febraury, 2021

In spite of COVID 19 annual Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates, world feed production increased by 1% to 1,187.7 million metric tons.
The 2021 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates the global animal feed production has increased by 1% to 1,187.7 million metric tons of feed produced last year. China saw 5% growth and reclaimed its position as the top feed-producing country, with 240 MMT.

The top 10 feed-producing countries, including tonnage and growth percentage, are:

  • 1. China (240 MMT, +5%)
  • 2. U.S. (215.9 MMT, +1%),
  • 3. Brazil (77.6 MMT, +10%),
  • 4. India (39.3 MMT, -5%),
  • 5. Mexico (37.9 MMT, +4%)
  • 6. Spain (34.8 MMT, 0%),
  • 7. Russia (31.3 MMT, +3%)
  • 8. Japan (25.2 MMT, 0%)
  • 9. Germany (24.9 MMT, 0%) and
  • 10. Argentina (22.5, +7%).

Altogether, top ten countries account for 63% of the global feed production and can be viewed as an indicator of animal agriculture's overall trends. Annually, this feed survey by the Alltech team assesses compound feed production from more than 140 countries and prices through information collected in the last quarter of 2020 by Alltech's global sales team in partnership with local feed associations.

The global data from more than 28,000 feed mills indicates feed production by species as follows:

  • aquaculture, 3%
  • broilers, 28%
  • pigs, 24%
  • layers, 14%
  • dairy, 11%
  • beef, 10%
  • other species, 7%
  • and pets, 2%.

The predominant growth came from the broiler, pig, aqua, and pet feed sectors.


Estimated global feed production in 2020 for Aquaculture is 49.393 MMT, and Indian aqua accounted for 2.147 MMT.

"This has been an exceptional time for the agri-food industry," said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. "Agriculture stood strong in the face of adversity, and the global food supply chain continues to provide one of the most basic needs for human survival. The data and insights we have gathered reflect challenges, successes and extraordinary opportunities as we chart a course for the future."

Going beyond the numbers for a holistic look at the state of the industry, the survey also incorporates qualitative questions to uncover trends such as COVID-19, sustainability and antibiotic reduction.

The 2021 Alltech Global Feed Survey results, including species-specific feed production numbers, interactive graphs and maps, are available at feed-survey.