Demand for broiler feed in Brazil is expected to rise by 3.1 percent in 2012, while that for layer feed is forecast to be a little under 3 percent higher, according to the Brazilian Feed Industry Association Sindirações.

Broiler feed production accounted for 50 percent of total feed output in 2011; however, the first few months of 2012 have witnessed lower prices for birds and an oversupply of poultry meat, weakening demand for feed. Consequently, through the end of 2012, broiler feed output is expected to grow by a modest 3.1 percent to stand at 33.2 million metric tons.

Similar results are expected for layer feed. While consumption of eggs on the home market continues to grow, egg exports have been dropping. By the end of 2012, layer feed production is forecast to stand at some 5.1 million tons, an increase of less than 3 percent.

Overall, feed production across species is expected to end 2012 some 2.8 percent higher and stand at 66.2 million metric tons of feed and 2.58 million metric tons of mineral supplements. In 2011, output grew by 5.2 percent.