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WORLD FEED PRODUCTION EXCEEDS 1 BILLION TONNES 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey includes results from 141 countries and more than 30,000 feed mills The 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tonnes for the first time. That’s a 3.7 per cent increase over last year and represents 19 per cent growth since the inaugural survey in 2012, despite a 7 per cent decrease in the number of feed mills. The sixth annual survey is the most comprehensive ever, now covering 141 countries and

more than 30,000 feed mills. The results show that the U.S. and China are the top two countries, producing one-third of all animal feed, and that predominant growth came from the beef, pig and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. “This year clearly demonstrates the growing efficiency and consolidation of the feed

industry,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts for Alltech. “Not only has total feed production exceeded 1 billion tonnes for the first time, but it has done so with fewer facilities, which means greater efficiencies and a decreased environmental footprint.” The Alltech Global Feed Survey assesses compound feed production and prices

through information collected by Alltech’s global sales team and in partnership with local feed associations. It is intended to serve as an information resource for policymakers, decision makers and industry stakeholders. This year’s survey showed that the top 30 countries, ranked by production output, are home

to 82 per cent of the world’s feed mills and produce 86 per cent of the world’s total feed. The top 10 feed-producing countries in 2016, in order of production output, were China, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, India, Russia, Germany, Japan and France. These countries contain 56 per cent of the world’s feed mills and account for 60 per cent of total production. For the first time in several years, the European Union saw feed tonnage growth. The

region was led by Spain with 31.9 million tonnes produced in 2016, up 8 per cent. Decreases came from Germany, France, Turkey and the Netherlands. “Overall feed prices are down, and therefore food production costs are down,” said Connolly. “From a global perspective, we estimate the value of the feed industry at $460 billion.” “The Alltech Global Feed Survey provides valuable information and an annual pulse check

on the feed industry as we look toward sustainably feeding a growing population,” said Connolly. “The survey continues to improve and provide more robust and reliable data.”

SFT RUMINANTS MEETING AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 6th April 2017 Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry

The 2017 SFT Ruminant Conference will include topics of interest to those involved in dairying, beef production and ewe feeding. The speakers are all leaders in the subjects they will present. The broad range of subjects will be of interest to all involved with ruminant nutrition and this popular conference will provide an excellent industry networking opportunity.

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Dairy Farming Robert Hyde MRCVS, Senior clinical training scholar, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nottingham

An Update on Research into Lameness in Dairy Cattle. Laura Randall MRCVS, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nottingham

Dairy Systems for Optimum Efficiencies Dr. Pat Dillon, Head of Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme, Teagasc


Improving Soil Fertility to Drive Grass Production Dr. Norman Weatherup, Beef and Sheep Technologist, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast

Ewe Nutrition – a Review Dr. Elizabeth Genever. Senior Beef and Sheep Scientist AHDB

Forage particle size distribution, efficacy of mixing and extent of diet selection on UK dairy farms

Usama Tayyab. Post Graduate Student, Harper Adams University

Society of Feed Technologists, Old Rectory Cottage, Herb Lane, Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, United Kingdom HR7 4HJ Tel: 01432 820912. E-mail:


FACT-BASED APPROACH A new Independent Scientific Group set up to advise RUMA, the agricultural and food industry alliance which promotes responsible use of medicines in farming, has met for the first time. Its six members covering areas of human

and animal medicine have agreed to advise RUMA on technical developments, help maintain a scientific basis in all of RUMA’s work and provide independent expert voices with a One Health perspective on responsible use of medicines in farm animals. RUMA vice chair Catherine McLaughlin,

who also chairs the Group, has welcomed this addition to RUMA’s activities. She says she hopes the move will bring factual evidence and science to a debate around animal medicines – and antibiotic resistance in particular – which can be dominated by biased soundbites and myth. “The members of the Group are all

eminent specialists in their own right in fields related to responsible use of medicines in both human and animal medicine,” she says. “Between them, they cover a wide range

of specialisms and their reason for getting involved is a common desire to encourage balanced debate and prompt the right actions – while ensuring animal welfare is protected. “We look forward to some really healthy

challenges from the group on RUMA’s strategy and scientific position going forward. It’s also very positive that the Group has agreed to act as spokespeople on these issues, putting forward their own findings and views and well as any consensus they develop.” The Group consists of (alphabetically):

Professor David Barrett, Professor of Bovine Medicine, Production and Reproduction at University of Bristol (deputised by Dr Kristen Reyher, Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Science at University of Bristol); Dr Ian Brown, Consultant Clinical Research Fellow at Oxford University and Oxford University Hospitals and Chairman of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Animal Feedstuffs; Mr David Burch, veterinarian and consultant specialising in pig medicine and retired Lecturer in Pig Medicine at Liverpool University’s Veterinary School; Professor Mark Fielder, Professor of Medical Microbiology at Kingston University; Mr Daniel Parker, avian expert for UK government, technical advisor to the British Poultry Council and lecturer at Cambridge University Veterinary School; Mr Martin Smith, Veterinary Senior Manager with AHDB.


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