Mexico ranks 5th in world feed production, and growing

Conafab, Mexico’s Feed Manufacturers Council, released its annual data yearbook, a comprehensive publication for feed producers.

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Juan Carlos Arellano,
Juan Carlos Arellano,

As it happens every year, the Mexican Feed Manufacturers Council (Conafab) produces a comprehensive compilation of feed production in Mexico—the 2021 Yearbook—with a lot of information worth a look.

First, I would like to bring to the attention of readers that Mexico has consolidated its position as the world’s fifth-largest feed producer, with 37.6 million metric tons a year, behind China, the U.S., Brazil and India. In the Americas, it ranks third.

The 611 feed mills with an installed capacity of 43.5 million metric tons—of which practically 90% is being used—have been producing at an average annual rate increase of 3.8% from 2017 to 2021, pandemic included. Feeds for all production animal species have increased.

As happens in many other countries, broiler feed accounts for 28% of production, while 14% is for layer feed. This means 42% of feeds is destined to poultry. Also of note, swine feed accounts for 24% of total production.

Expectations for 2021 are that broiler feeds account for 28.3% (11 million metric tons) and layer feeds for 19.5% (7.6 million metric tons).

A characteristic of the Mexican feed industry is that a substantial amount of feeds are still produced by commercial feed mills. For instance, it is expected that in 2021, 39% of feeds will be produced by commercial feed mills, while 61% will be produced by integrator companies. Particularly in poultry, these figures are 33.6% commercial feed mills and 66.4% integrated companies for broiler feed, while for layers it is 28.1% and 71.9%, respectively. It is worthwhile to highlight this, because poultry production is always considered to be mostly an integrated industry.

The compendium has much to commend, with a lot more information to delight anyone interested in this industry ─ graphs, comparisons, feed production by species, consumption of raw materials (including imports and domestic production), production costs, a full members directory and much more.

Highly recommended. Conafab should be congratulated for this yearbook, which can be obtained directly from them.

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