Animal Feed Additives Market - Size, Trends, & Forecast to
Additives are natural or chemical substances added to preserve or improve the quality of food or
a product. Feed additives are additives, specifically used in animal nutrition, to enhance the feed
quality, digestibility in order to prevent diseases and improve quality of meat or food obtained
from animals.
Farm animals are provided with a variety of additives such as sensory additives, nutritional
additives, zootechnical additives, and coccidiostats and histomonostats. Sensory additives help
stimulate the appetite of animals, allowing them to eat more; while nutritional additives provide
specific nutrients to nutrient-deficient animals. Zootechnical additives are added to the feed to
improve health and performance of animals, and coccidiostats and histomonostats are antibiotics
used to prevent bacterial and microbial growth in the feed. Stringent regulations by the European
commission have banned the use of coccidiostats and histomonostats, replacing them with
probiotic alternatives. Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 of the European Parliament and of the
Council on additives for use in animal nutrition, banned coccidiostat on December 31, 2012.
This has prompted various developments to find natural alternatives to coccidiostats in
histomonodial and anticoccidial drugs, which help control Eimeria infections. Some of the recent
discoveries are the use of vaccines and other alternatives such as sulfonamide, nicarbazin, and
amprolium. Unattenuated vaccines such as Coccivac, Advent, Immucox, and Inovocox, and
attenuated vaccines such as Paracox and HatchPak CocciIII are widely used. Consumption of
livestock such as poultry, swine, and cattle is growing as it constitutes a protein rich diet. This is
expected to drive growth of the global animal feed additives market in the near future. Feed
additives are increasingly being used to meet the nutritional levels required for metabolism that
enables weight gain of the animal, and prevents consumers from diseases such as bird flu and
swine flu. This, in turn is a driving factor for the global animal feed additives market growth.
Animal feed additives market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.43% in terms of revenue over
the forecast period (2017-2025). The global antibiotics market was pegged at US$ 4.199 billion
(revenue) in 2016, which is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.41%, emerging as a major
product expected to drive growth for the animal feed additives market over the forecast period.
The global animal feed additives market was pegged at US$ 16.27 billion in 2016 and is
expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.43% in terms of revenue, over the forecast period.
Animal Feed Additives Market: Government Regulation
Animal feed additives are labeled 'organic' that are specifically used by livestock. To maintain
necessary amount of nutrients in the animal feeds a regulatory body was formed, the United
States Department of Agriculture, Code (592) Feed Management. They regulated provisions not
to exceed the quantity of nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients supply required by livestock and
poultry for maintenance, production, performance, and reproduction. The normal bird feeds have
insufficient amount of methionine, a proteinogen amino acid required for feather growth in birds,
therefore synthetic methionine is added to ensure proper feathering of birds. The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) advised against the use of ‘organic’ labeling in the poultry
feeding on synthetic methionine. A new rule was formulated by the USDA which strictly asked
manufacturers to reduce the standard limit of synthetic methionine in organic poultry. A list of
registered products that could be permitted as additives in animal nutrition is issued by European
Union and Switzerland. They include: a) substances as antioxidative effects, b) emulsifiers,
stabilizers (organic acids), c) coloring substances, d) probiotics, e) enzyme mixtures, f)
performance promoters (only antibiotics, others banned since 1st January 1999), g) vitamins and
provitamins, and h) trace elements.
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The global animal feed additives market was pegged at US$ 16.27 billion in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.43% in terms of revenue, over the forecast period.