- As livestock production grows and intensifies,
it depends less and less on locally available
feed and increasingly on feed concentrates
that are traded domestically and
of feed concentrate in developing countries
more than doubled between 1980 and 2005.
- In 2005, a total of 742 million
tonnes of cereals were fed to livestock,
representing roughly one-third of the global
cereal harvest and an even larger share of
- There is a shift from the use
of low-quality roughages (crop residues and
natural pasture) towards high-quality agroindustrial
by-products and concentrates.
livestock are no longer reliant on local
resources or waste from other activities as
feed, the rate at which feed is converted into
livestock outputs becomes a critical factor in
the economic efficiency of production. In
Top 5 facts sources: FAO report: The State of Food and Agriculture, Livestock in the Balance.