Published Date : Mar 31, 2016
Feed acids refer to essential nutrients that are used to improve the shelf life of animal feeds and increase their nutritional value. Owing to the growing demand for meat and dairy products across the globe, the availability of healthy livestock is important in times when epidemics such as mad cow, avian flu, and foot and mouth disease are prevalent. For advanced animal nutrition, essential amino acids such as lysine are used in feed acids.
Disease Outbreaks Emerge as Key Reason for Usage of Feed Acids
The rise in meat consumption worldwide is expected to fuel the demand for feed acids. According to the World Health Organization, the annual meat production is expected to increase from 218 mn tons in 1997-1999 to 376 mn tons by 2030. Various disease outbreaks among livestock have further increased the need for feed acids. All these factors are anticipated to drive the growth of the global feed acid market. However, the usage of various alternatives might hamper the demand for feed acids. The overall market has a huge opportunity to grow with the ban on the usage of antibiotics on livestock. Nowadays, different organic acids are blended in feed acids for better results.
Indian Farmers Advised to Use Feed Acids to Prevent Heat Stress in Poultry Birds
The rapid growth of the feed acid market in North America and Europe can be attributed to the ban on antibiotics and the increased demand for processed meat. In the coming years, Asia Pacific is anticipated to drive the demand from the market. The increased consumption of meat and dairy products across the middle-class households in the region, especially across countries such as Japan, China, and India will drive the growth of the market in the region. In India, owing to the heat stress in summer that affects poultry birds, farmers are advised to supplement feed with amino acids and electrolytes. In fact, Ranikhet disease and heat stress are one of the major reasons for the death of poultry birds. The high number of deaths of poultry birds can be restricted with the usage of feed acids.