The most significant increase in liquid feed tonnage was seen on beef feedlots at 24 percent, according to the report. Dairy rations and blocks also saw an increase of liquid feed tonnage manufactured while range supplements and feed mill blends production slightly decreased.
AFIA compiles the report based on information submitted by anonymous manufacturers from across the US. Companies that participated in the survey were required to provide manufacturing data for the previous two years. AFIA categorizes survey results into five feed manufacturing segments, which feature the amount of tons produced per year, differentiating between the two corresponding years and the percentage.
The data provides statistical information on liquid feed production and gives estimates of long range trends occurring within the industry. Government regulatory agencies will have access to the report, AFIA noted.
AFIA collects data each spring for the previous two years of feed production. As more feed is produced annually than reported, the survey results should be viewed as an indicator of tonnage trends, AFIA said.