Forage Feed Market is Expected to be Worth US$162.87 bn by 2019, Expanding at a CAGR of 11.4% from 2013 to 2019

forage-feedForage consists of grasses, herbaceous legumes, tree legumes, silage, green feed and hay. Nearly 200 plant species have been known as forage crops. The market for forage is segmented as fresh forage and stored forage. Fresh forage provides the highest quality and the most palatable feed possible. Stored forage is harvested as hay and can be chopped and packed in plastic bags. Benefits from forage crops are not just limited to livestock production. They also contribute to food crop production by conserving soil, landscape and wildlife, protecting the environment from pollution, and revegetating and reclamation of degraded land. They are also sources of high quality proteins for medical and pharmaceutical products. The global forage feed market in terms of revenue was valued at USD 85.06 billion in 2013.

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Different kinds of forage crops can be classified as permanent meadows, temporary meadows, annual crops and crops. Permanent meadows mainly consist of perennial legumes and grasses. Here, the land used to grow forage is used for a period of five years or more. These are harvested manually or grazed. In temporary meadows the land used to grow forage is used for a period of less than five years. These forage crops either grow in the wild or are cultivated. Annual crops are high production grains such as wheat, sorghum and maize. Crops are both forage and subsistence such as cowpea and sorghum.

The market for forage feed by product type in 2013 was majorly dominated by stored forage and accounted for 41.51% of the total market share. In future stored forage is likely to lose its market share slightly due to increasing health conscious among consumers regarding animal health. Others kind of forages combined together had around 20% of the market share.

In terms of livestock, the market for forage feed was dominated by poultry accounting for 33.1% of market share in 2013. This is followed pork/swine contributed close to 29% of the market share in terms of revenue. Cattle comparatively accounted for lower share but in future market share is expected to increase due to multiple benefits such as transportation, milk, beef and leather uses from cattles.

Forage feed manufacturing has a global reach. In terms of volume Asia Pacific accounted for more than 30% of the overall market share in 2013 and it is expected to maintain its dominance for the next six years. This is driven by rising population, increasing disposable income and progressive urbanization in Asia Pacific. Europe accounts for around 30% of the forage feed market share. North America and RoW have the remaining market share.

Some of the major players of the market areTriple Crown Nutrition, Inc., Standlee Hay Company, Inc., Cargill, Incorporated, Baileys Horse Feeds, Semican Inc., The Pure Feed Company Limited and J. Grennan and Sons.