Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 14
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challenges facing the
global animal feed industry
From protein availability to 'fake news,' what lies ahead for the
compound and home-mixed feed industry is hard to predict with
certainty, but some assumptions can be made.
FEED CHALLENGES ARE A topic
that concerns all those involved in
every step of the food chain.
can only respond collectively to matters, like environmental legislation, for example, whereas any individual
proactive efforts are frequently met by skepticism both by
consumers and governments alike.
No one has a crystal ball to foresee the future, at least
not with any clarity that can be turned into a tangible profit.
Thus, it is difficult to predict the next big challenge for the
global feed industry. Taking the most recent example, one
can only ask, Who could have predicted that an insecticide
would show up in millions of eggs across Europe? But,
apart from accidents and even malicious acts, one can use
intuition, networking and education to attempt at least a
moderate forecast of issues that poses a generic nature. In
other words, we can try to predict problems based on present festering issues that remain unresolved.
The following is but a short - and certainly incomplete - list of possible challenges for the global
feed industry with a horizon until, say, 2020.
Exchange rate instability
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t is estimated that global compound feed volume is
nearing the landmark figure of 1 billion metric tons.
To this number we can add with reasonable safety
another 300-plus million tons of home-mixed feed.
Thinking ahead, with the assurance of an ever-increasing global population and the vast gap in consumption
of animal-derived foods between the East and West, it is
reasonable to assume that global compound feed volume
will soon exceed the next milestone: 2 billion metric
tons. It is only a matter of time.
Whether commercial or home-mixers, feed manufacturers have a plethora of concerns focused on production,
cost and competition. Making feed has never been a goldmine operation, and it is unlikely it will ever become one.
But those who engage in preparing feed for the animals
who produce our foods have an ever-increasing burden of
issues that are largely beyond their individual reach. They