The American Feed Industry Association's (AFIA) Liquid Feed Committee released Sep. 15 the results of its 2015 Liquid Feed Tonnage Report, revealing an 1.08% increase in liquid feed production from 2013 to 2014.
The data provided statistical information on liquid feed production and estimated long range trends occurring within the industry. It will be available to government regulatory agencies for the betterment of the liquid feed industry.
Eleven manufacturers from across the U.S. provided data for the 2015 annual survey. Companies that participated in the survey were required to provide manufacturing data for the previous two years. The survey results are categorized into five feed manufacturing segments, which display the amount of tons produced per year, differentiating between the two corresponding years and the percentage.
Overall production of liquid supplements increased more than 20,000 tons between 2013 and 2014 with the majority of the growth in range supplements--up 8% from last year's survey--and beef feedlots. Dairy rations and blocks experienced modest declines; feed mill blends experienced a 4% reduction in production from 2013.
Data is collected by AFIA each spring for the previous two years of liquid feed production. As more feed is produced annually than reported, the survey results should be viewed as an indicator of tonnage trends.