Alternative Feed Ingredients:  An Option to Combat High Feed Prices?

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Date: 
2008
Volume: 
48
Number: 
11

 

The unprecedented increase in feed prices during the past year are by now an unfortunate matter of record. The cost of virtually all feed ingredients, especially corn, soybean meal, phosphate, fat and even vitamins has gone far beyond any reasonable expectation. A number of causes for the current crisis have been cited, and their respective magnitudes debated, but it is certain that the massive diversion of feed ingredients to biofuels, reduced crop yields, and an increased demand for animal protein in developing countries have all been contributing factors.