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2017 NUTRITION & FEED SURVEY:
Antibiotic-free animal feed
production grows worldwide
Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents report more than half of
their company's production is antibiotic free.
BY JACKIE ROEMBKE
prospective profitability for the year ahead. In 2017,
38 percent of participants cite negative or deteriorating profits. In contrast, 40 percent of 2016 respondents
reported improving profitability; this year, the number
hovered around 31 percent.
Taking a closer to look to identify what may have
spurred this trend, 80 percent of respondents strongly
feel the cost of grain and/or exchange rate fluctuations
was the top challenge facing their business.
Sixty-seven percent fear the effect of mycotoxins
and other anti-nutritional factors on their 2017 profit-
Source: WATT Global Media
Response percent (%)
Driven by globalization, regulation, social responsibility
and consumer demand, what was once perhaps characterized as a regional issue - the move to reduce antibiotics from livestock production - continues to gain traction around the world. The shift has left many animal
feed producers and formulators looking for feed additive
solutions as the key to developing effective antibiotic replacement and elimination strategies, report respondents
to WATT Global Media's 2017 Nutrition & Feed survey.
The annual survey was conducted in early 2017 and
includes the feedback of 364 participants from around
■ Latin America, 32 percent
■ United States/Canada, 18 percent
■ Asia/Pacific, 17 percent
■ Europe, 15 percent
■ Africa, 14 percent
■ Middle East, 4 percent
More than half of participants were
nutritionists, consultants and veterinar15
ians, with the remaining portion of
respondees comprised of operators,
marketers and administrators.
Animal feed profitability
For seven years, survey respondents have been asked to gauge the
market and offer their feelings about
No change in profitability
Negative or deteriorating profitability due to economic conditions
In the 2017 survey, respondents were less optimistic about their
company's profitability compared with their 2016 outlook.
However, an increasing amount feel like it's business as usual.
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