RUSSIA – At a recent industry conference in Moscow, the Russian Union of Feed Manufacturers unveiled its ambitious forecast for the country’s feed production. It aims to reach 40 million tonnes by 2025, marking a significant increase of 14.3%.

The organization anticipates a substantial surge in poultry feed production, projected to soar by nearly a third to 22 million tonnes. In comparison, cattle feed production is expected to rise by 28% to 3.8 million tonnes. 

However, pig feed production is forecasted to decline from 15.2 million tonnes in 2023 to 13.7 million tonnes in 2025. This decrease is attributed to [specific reasons], providing a comprehensive view of the industry’s challenges.

Highlighting the growth potential, the Union of Feed Manufacturers also noted an increase in fish feed production, expected to reach 700,000 tonnes by 2025 compared to 400,000 tonnes in 2023.

Valery Afanasiev, president of the Union of Feed Manufacturers, emphasized that the Russian feed industry currently fulfills domestic demand. 

In 2023, the industry’s design production capacity reached 42 million tonnes, while actual production amounted to 35 million tonnes. By 2025, the projected production performance is set to rise to 45 million tonnes.

Afanasiev underscored the significant role of vertical integration in the industry. Nearly 75% of feed production capacities are owned by vertically integrated agricultural manufacturers. He emphasized that this structure enhances business effectiveness, allowing for swift issue resolution.

However, Afanasiev noted that Russian feed production still has room for growth, particularly as a significant portion of the livestock industry relies heavily on grain instead of feed. 

He estimated that, due to cost considerations, between 8 and 10 million tonnes of grain are directly fed to agricultural animals in Russia, primarily in backyards and small independent farms.

Regarding equipment, Afanasiev highlighted the dependency on imported equipment in larger feed mills with production capacities between 50 and 80 tonnes per hour. 

While domestic machine-building meets demand for smaller-scale equipment, the reliance on imports persists for larger-scale operations. Nevertheless, this issue is not pressing due to the limited number of feed mills operating at such capacities in the country.

For all the latest grains industry news from Africa, the Middle East, and the World, subscribe to our weekly NEWSLETTERS, follow us on LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.