As the USA remains the world’s largest animal feed producer and exporter, the top 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in the USA continue to dominate the animal feed production in its domestic market in 2018, while supplying a significant amount of animal feeds in the global market. The US animal feed industry achieved total $170.4 billion sales in 2016, which included $57.7 billion in value-added with $55.9 billion in labor income. The industry also contributed over 545,810 employment and £13.1 billion taxes in the same year, making the animal feed industry one of the largest economic contributors in the US agricultural sector.
On a global landscape, the surging demand of livestock and livestock products, such as meat, dairy and eggs has spurred the growth of animal feed production and animal feed exports among many leading animal feed companies around the world. Today, the global animal feed production is estimated to be nearly 1 billion tonnes annually, while the world’s top 100 animal feed companies are responsible for about 42% of the world compound production volume every year. As the world’s largest animal feed market, the USA is also the home of many world’s leading animal feed producers. BizVibe has identified these largest animal feed manufacturers in the USA by their annual feed production, according to Feed International.
Top 10 Largest Animal Feed Manufacturers in the USA
1.Cargill – annual production: 17.9 million metric tons
Cargill Inc is a US privately held multinational corporation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Founded in 1865, Cargill is nowadays the largest privately held corporation in the USA in terms of revenue. The company mainly engages in food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services. It’s animal nutrition segment has over 20,000 employees working 280 locations across 40 countries in the world. With over 17.9 million metric tons of animal feed production annually, Cargill is the largest among the leading animal feed companies in the USA.
2. Land O’Lakes – annual production: 13.5 million metric tons
Land O’Lakes, Inc., is one of America’s largest agribusiness and food companies, it is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations. Founded in 1921 and based in Minnesota, Land O’Lakes is also one of the largest animal feed producers in the USA. It’s animal nutrition division generated US3.8 billion in revenue in 2016. Land O’Lakes also owns Mazuri, which produces animal feed for zoo keepers, veterinarians, breeders and exotic pet owners for over 50 countries.
3. Tyson Foods – annual production: 10 million metric tons
Tyson Foods, Inc., is a leading US multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food and agricultural industries. Tyson Foods operates 32 feed mills mainly providing feed for chicken, pig and cattle around the world. Tyson Foods’ major animal feed sales markets include Brazil, Canada, Central America, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, South Korea and Taiwan.
4. Alltech – annual production: 6.5 million metric tons
Alltech is a leading agri-business company in the USA, headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky, with core businesses in animal feed, meat, brewing, and distilling. Alltech has three main divisions: animal nutrition and health; crop science; and food & beverage. Alltech also operates in 128 countries, employs more than 4,700 people worldwide, and operates 77 production facilities and three bioscience centres across the globe.
5. ADM Alliance Nutrition – annual production: 3 million metric tons
ADM Animal Nutrition is one of the world’s largest animal feed manufacturers offering a wide range of leading-edge products for the animal nutrition market. Known as a global leader in amino acids, ADM also offers high-quality feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients to aid in optimizing animal health and nutrition goals.
6. Perdue Farms – annual production: 2.5 million metric tons
Perdue Farms Inc. is a world’s leading manufacturer for food and agricultural products. It offers organic chicken, turkey, and pork products to consumers through retailers, food service customers, and distributors worldwide. The company also processes and supplies soybean meals, hulls, and vegetable oils; soy products for feed, food, and industrial applications; refined oils for food and non-food use; and grains, protein products, and organic fertilizers.
7. J.D. Heiskell & Co. – annual production: 2.2 million metric tons
Founded in 1886, J.D. Heiskell & Co. is a 132-year-old grain and commodity trading business that also operates livestock feed manufacturing and trans-loading facilities in nine western states, and exports grains and commodities to Mexico, the Pacific Rim and the Far East. It’s one of the largest producers for Pig Feed, Poultry Feed and Ruminant Feed in the USA, with over 2.2 million metric tons of animal feed produced annually.
8. Kent Nutrition Group – annual production: 2 million metric tons
Kent Nutrition Group, Inc. provides nutrition feed products and services for commercial livestock, animals, and pets in the United States. Headquartered in Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States, the company also provides nutrition and feed products for pets and zoo animals in the USA and the global. It’s annual compound feed production is around 2 million metric tons.
9. Hi-Pro Feeds – annual production: 1.9 million metric tons
Hi-Pro Feeds, Inc. manufactures animal nutrition and feed products for the animal nutrition industry. It offers livestock feed; feed additives, vitamins, and other healthy supplements; dairy, hog, and poultry feed; and bulk feed, equine, dairy cattle, beef cattle, aquaculture, companion, and specialty products.
10. Southern States Coop – annual production: 1.7 million metric tons
Southern States Cooperative, founded in 1923, is an American farmer-owned agricultural supply cooperative based in Henrico County, Virginia. The Southern States is one of the largest providers of fertilizers, seeds, livestock feed, pet food, animal health supplies, petroleum products, and other farm and home items in the United States.
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