Feed safety and antimicrobial resistance were two subjects grabbing the headlines at the annual meeting between long-time bedfellows, the UN’s FAO and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), in Rome last week.
Livestock producers can expect abundant feed grains and subsequent downward pressure on prices as bumper maize harvests are predicted in the EU and the US, and a greater proportion of the EU wheat crop is diverted to feed use.
The biggest trend in the animal nutrition industry today is preparing for an accelerated rate in demand for meat, driven by growing prosperity and populations in China, India, Africa and Asia, according to a leading sustainability academic.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised its forecast for projected EU feed wheat supplies for 2014/15 by 2.5 million ton in its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), which were published this week.
The cost of feed grains in China has increased steadily in 2014 adding to the pressure on pig producers in that market, with some smaller farmers abandoning the pork business over the past few months, says Rabobank.
Avangardco, the largest producer of egg products in Ukraine, said it has stopped production at its Vyhlehirskyi feed mill, located in the Donetsk region, following the plant's occupation by armed individuals on Friday.
As the FIFA world cup soon draws to a close, we let the biggest feed producing countries go head to head in terms of tonnage output, with the teams slugging it out including China, Brazil, the USA, Mexico, Spain, India, Russia and Japan.