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Forage Feed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

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  • 120 Pages
  • August 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5552604
The forage feed market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027). The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the working of several markets, including the forage feed market. The pandemic affected the manufacturing process and supply chain networks, resulting in major losses for alfalfa hay-producing companies and farmers as well. In China, the pandemic has caused a higher impact on livestock farming due to the limited access to feed and shortage of labor.

Over the medium term, the forage feed market would achieve healthy growth, as the demand for forage increases. Forage feed will witness substantial growth due to shrinkage of grazing land and consumer preference for organic animal feed. Forage feed provides nutrition to livestock. Driven by urbanization, increasing wealth, and population growth, the demand for fodder feeds in developing countries are growing rapidly. Livestock is one of the fastest-growing sectors in agriculture, presenting potential opportunities in the global market.

North America and Europe lead the global forage feed market presently. Both the regions combined account for a significant portion of the market. It is expected to continue due to the increase in the area harvested under forage cultivation in those regions. The forage market in Asia-Pacific is expanding, owing to the rise in the demand for dairy and dairy products and the increased meat consumption in the region. India and China are major countries in the forage market in this region.​

Key Market Trends

Rising Demand for Milk and Other Dairy Products

The consumption of animal products, such as milk and meat, is increasing across the world, which is attributed to the increasing awareness of the health benefits of milk and the higher demand for protein. The high demand for quality products is increasing the demand for quality feed, which, in turn, is driving the market for forage crops, as farmers are choosing good-quality forage for cattle to produce high-quality animal products.​ There has been an increasing demand for milk around the world, and to meet the increasing demand for milk, the cattle population is increasing, which, in turn, is driving the market for forage feed.

According to a data source by USDA, the consumption of milk increased from 179,757 thousand metric ton in 2016 to 187,615 thousand metric ton in 2019 across the world, which led to increased demand for animals for milk and meat production. These herbivorous animals are highly dependent on forage crops. Thus, to meet the growing needs of dairy, farmers are resorting to forage feed to keep these animals healthy, so that nutritious and good quality animal products can be provided to the consumers.​

Cattles provided with nutritional forage will boost milk production. Forages act as the base ingredient in dairy cattle which provide cattle fiber and roughage. The quality of forage helps in increasing animal production and health. Ruminants such as cows are fed with forages-silages- and hay with high feed value, which enhances nutritional needs in the diet. In turn, the nutritional diet will enhance the quality of milk in ruminants, thus, driving the forage feed market during the forecast period. Increasing consumption of milk in developing countries is one of the major drivers that will gear up the forage feed market during the forecast period.

North America is the Largest Forage Feed Market

Oregon, the United States' primary forage grass-producing state, produces more grass and legume seed than the rest of the world. In Europe, the area under forage seed cultivation is constantly increasing due to a rise in demand. The commonly grown Canadian forage grasses, Timothy and bromegrass, are the most widely produced grass seeds on a global scale.

Also, there is a surge in the livestock population due to the increased demand for beef and chicken in the region. Furthermore, due to the export destinations in Canada for Asian countries, the market is expected to grow. Also, to meet the growing demand for dairy farms and racecourses in Mexico, the forage market is projected to grow in the country. Thus, these factors drive the North American region, and the market here is anticipated to grow during the forecast period. ​

Due to its crude protein content, the use of alfalfa hay is considered beneficial, particularly for poultry feed, followed by animal feed. Cattle production is the most important agricultural industry in the United States. Further, the beef demand in the United States is expected to increase by an estimated 8.9% in 2019, as per the USDA. The increased demand for beef is expected to fuel the demand for hay silage in the country.​

Competitive Landscape

In the forage feed market, companies are competing based on quality products and promotion strategies. With cut-throat competition in the pricing of products, strategic moves play an important role in holding a larger market share. Major acquisitions and mergers are taking place between companies to expand the forage seed business.

ADM Alliance Nutrition, Wilbur Ellis Holdings Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Riverina Australia Pty Ltd), Al Dahra ACX Global Inc., and Standlee Premium Products LLC are some of the major players in the forage market.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 By Products
5.1.1 Stored Forage
5.1.2 Fresh Forage
5.1.3 Other Products
5.2 By Animal Type
5.2.1 Ruminants
5.2.2 Poultry
5.2.3 Swine
5.2.4 Other Animal Types
5.3 By Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada Mexico Rest of North America
5.3.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Russia Spain Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Market Share Analysis
6.2 Most Adopted Strategies
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 ADM Alliance Nutrition
6.3.2 Triple Crown Nutrition
6.3.3 Lucerne Farms
6.3.4 Al Dahra ACX Global Inc.
6.3.5 NWF Agriculture
6.3.6 Standlee Premium Products LLC
6.3.7 Wilbur-Ellis Holdings Inc.
6.3.8 Riverina Australia Pty Ltd
6.3.9 Chaffhaye
6.3.10 Baileys Horse Feeds

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • ADM Alliance Nutrition
  • Triple Crown Nutrition
  • Lucerne Farms
  • Al Dahra ACX Global Inc.
  • NWF Agriculture
  • Standlee Premium Products LLC
  • Wilbur-Ellis Holdings Inc.
  • Riverina Australia Pty Ltd
  • Chaffhaye
  • Baileys Horse Feeds