Organic Feed Market is Segmented By Source (Cereal & Grains, Oilseeds, Forage, Others), By Application (Poultry, Swine, Ruminant, Aquatic Animals, Others), By Form (Pellets, Crumbles, Mashes, Others), By Additives (Amino Acids, Enzymes, Vitamins, Antibiotics, Antioxidants, Acidifiers, Others), By Geography (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa). The report offers the value (in USD Billion) for the above-mentioned segments.

Organic Feed Market Size

Market Size in USD


Study Period2023 - 2030
Base Year of Estimation2022
Fastest Growing MarketEurope
Largest MarketNorth America
Market ConcentrationHigh
Major PlayersCargill, Archer Daniels Midland, ForFarmers N.V., SunOpta, Country Heritage Feeds
*Disclaimer: Major players are listed in no particular order.
*Source: Coherent Market Insights
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Organic Feed Market Analysis

The organic feed market size is expected to reach US$ 13.25 Bn by 2030, from US$ 7.39 Bn in 2023, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% during the forecast period.

Organic feed refers to agricultural animal feed that are composed of organic materials without any synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. It contains grains, oilseeds, forage, and supplements that are sourced from certified organic farms. Organic feed offers various benefits such as improved digestion, enhanced nutritional profile, and lower risk of diseases in animals. The market growth is driven by factors such as rising demand for organic meat products and stringent regulations regarding use of antibiotics and growth of organic food industry.

The organic feed market is segmented into source, application, form, additives, and region. By source, the market is segmented into cereal & grains, oilseeds, forage, and others. The cereal & grains segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023. The growth is due to increasing utilization of organic cereals like corn, wheat, and sorghum in manufacturing feed products.

Organic Feed Market Drivers

  • Increasing demand for organic meat products: The demand for organic meat has been increasing steadily over the past few years, driven by rising health consciousness among consumers. People are becoming more aware of the health hazards that are caused by consumption of meat from traditionally raised animals fed with antibiotics and growth hormones. This has led to increasing consumer preference for organic meat from livestock raised on organic feed without any chemical additives. This creates a massive need for certified organic animal feed. Leading food brands are launching organic meat ranges and fast food chains like McDonald's are also adding organic burger options. This will boost production and further fuel the demand for organic feeds.
  • Stringent regulations regarding antibiotic usage: Many governments across the world have implemented stringent regulations thus prohibiting or limiting the use of antibiotics in animal feed as overuse of antibiotics which leads to growing antimicrobial resistance. For instance, the European Union has banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed. The U.S. has regulations in place to phase out non-medical use of antibiotics in livestock feed. Such regulations are compelling livestock farms to switch to natural and organic feed additives. This has greatly supported the growth of antibiotic-free organic feeds.
  • Growing popularity of organic dairy products: The organic dairy industry has witnessed substantial growth fueled by rising consumer awareness about the benefits of organic milk and dairy products. Consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic dairy products that are produced ethically from cows fed organic feed are devoid of synthetic additives. Many dairy brands are launching organic product ranges. Large dairy farms are transitioning parts of their herd to organic farming practices. This requires certified organic feed as per organic farming standards. The growth of the organic dairy sector will result in massive demand for organic feed from dairy farms in the near future.
  • Increased organic aquaculture practices: Organic aquaculture has been gaining prominence as an ethical way of fish farming. Consumers are demanding organic fish produced sustainably without harming marine ecosystems. Organic shrimp farming is becoming popular which is driven by high demand in export markets. Ensuring the feed is organic is a key part of organic aquaculture certification. Leading feed manufacturers are developing organic aquatic feed formulas containing oils, fish meals, and grains that are sourced from organic origin. With growth projected in organic aquaculture, the demand for associated organic feeds will see a sharp rise.

Organic Feed Market Opportunities

  • Expanding organic livestock markets in developing regions: There is a vast untapped opportunity for organic feed manufacturers in developing regions. Countries like China, India, Brazil, and Argentina have large livestock populations but organic feed adoption is still at very nascent stages, due to lower awareness and high prices. However, with rising incomes, urbanization, and health consciousness, demand for organic meat and dairy products is expected to surge in these countries, thereby driving the need for certified organic feeds. Market players operating in organic feed can expand into these emerging markets through acquisitions of regional companies. This will open up enormous sales opportunities for organic feed producers.
  • Growing demand from organic poultry sector: The organic poultry farming sector has gained increasing consumer interest which is driven by increasing health consciousness and food safety concerns related to conventionally raised chickens. Leading poultry companies are launching organic chicken products. Perdue Farms, Tyson Foods have identified the organic poultry market as a high sales opportunity and are making strategic investments to expand production. As organic poultry production scales up, demand for associated organic poultry feeds will witness exponential growth thus giving rise to lucrative opportunities for feed manufacturers.
  • Surging preference for organic pet food: In recent years, there has been a marked rise in humanization of pets, with pet owners willing to spend more on organic and natural pet care products including feed. This has led to increasing demand for premium organic pet foods made from organic plant and meat ingredients to provide complete nutrition. Major pet food companies like Mars Petcare (American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products) and Nestle Purina are launching organic product lines. Small innovative startups like Nature's Logic are also gaining share. Rising humanization and pet health trends will massively drive organic pet food demand and open up new opportunities for organic feed ingredients.
  • Growing adoption in organic dairy farming: Dairy farming is transitioning towards organic practices, driven by consumer demand for organic milk and recognition of higher profit potential by dairy farmers. Organic dairy allows for premium milk prices. Large cooperatives like Organic Valley (organic food brand and independent cooperative of organic farmers) are helping farmers adopt organic practices. Sourcing of organic feed is an important part of the organic certification process which opens up huge sales opportunities for feed producers. With more dairy farms switching to organic, the organic dairy feed segment is projected for exponential growth.

Organic Feed Market Restraints

  • High prices of organic feed: A massive roadblock to wider adoption of organic animal feed is the high prices, often ranging to 40-100% higher than regular feed. Organic grains, oilseeds, and forage sourced from farms carrying organic certification tend to be far costlier due to lower yields and higher production costs. Companies also pass on the higher costs related to specialize organic sourcing, processing, transportation, and storage. The high prices make organic feed adoption challenging, especially for small-scale livestock producers and farmers in developing countries with lower profit margins.
  • Shorter shelf-life: Organic feed usually has a shorter shelf life as compared to conventional feed due to the absence of artificial preservatives. The feeds are more prone to quality deterioration through oxidation, microbial growth, and others which can affect palatability, nutrition content, and safety. Companies need specialized storage and packaging to prevent spoilage. The short shelf life poses inventory and logistics challenges for feed manufacturers, distributors, and farmers, thereby hampering growth.
  • Ambiguity in organic regulations: While many countries have regulations governing organic crop production, standards related to organic livestock feeds are still evolving. There is ambiguity around allowed ingredients, supplements, and lack of harmonization across countries. Varying certification requirements pose challenges for feed producers supplying across multiple export countries. Lack of clarity deters new entrants who are unsure of the approved organic ingredients. Cohesive and well-defined regulatory standards will provide a vital push to the organic feed market.