Global Forage Market Size, Share and Forecast, Report 2024-2032

The latest report by IMARC Group, titled” Forage Market Report by Crop Type (Cereals, Legumes, Grasses), Product Type (Stored Forage, Fresh Forage), Animal Type (Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, and Others), and Region 2024-2032“, offers a comprehensive analysis of the industry, which comprises insights on the market. The global forage market size reached US$ 90.0 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 131.0 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% during 2024-2032.


Factors Affecting the Growth of the Forage Industry:

  • Rising Demand for Livestock Products:

The rising global demand for livestock products, including meat, dairy, and poultry, drives the growth of the forage industry. As populations grow and incomes rise, particularly in developing countries, the consumption of animal-based foods increases, necessitating greater production of forage to support livestock health and productivity. Forage crops are essential for providing the necessary nutrients for animal growth, milk production, and overall well-being. This demand encourages farmers to invest in high-quality forage and adopt sustainable agricultural practices to meet the nutritional needs of their livestock. Moreover, the expansion of the livestock industry and the growing emphasis on sustainable and organic farming practices further boost the forage market, as consumers increasingly seek ethically and sustainably produced animal products.

  • Climate Change and Weather Patterns:

Climate change and shifting weather patterns significantly impact the growth of the forage industry. Variability in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather events such as droughts and floods can affect the quality and yield of forage crops. Unpredictable weather conditions lead to challenges in forage production, requiring farmers to adopt resilient crop varieties and advanced agricultural practices to maintain productivity. Innovations in irrigation techniques and soil management are becoming crucial to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. Additionally, climate change influences the geographic distribution of forage crops, pushing cultivation to new areas while making traditional growing regions less viable, thereby affecting the overall dynamics of the forage market.

  • Technological Advancements:

Technological advancements in agriculture play a pivotal role in driving the growth of the forage industry. Innovations such as precision farming, advanced breeding techniques, and the use of genetically modified crops have significantly improved the efficiency and productivity of forage production. Precision farming allows for optimized use of resources, such as water, fertilizers, and pesticides, resulting in higher yields and better-quality forage. Advanced machinery and equipment, including automated harvesting and baling systems, reduce labor costs and increase operational efficiency. Additionally, developments in storage and preservation technologies, such as silage and haylage, ensure the availability of high-quality forage throughout the year, supporting the livestock industry and contributing to the growth of the forage market.


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Leading Companies Operating in the Global Forage Market

  • Allied Seed LLC
  • Barenbrug USA
  • BrettYoung
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Corteva Inc.
  • DLF Seeds A/S
  • Forage Genetics International LLC (Land O’Lakes Inc.)
  • King’s Agriseeds Inc.
  • Rivard’s Turf & Forage
  • Standlee Premium Products LLC

Forage Market Report Segmentation:

By Crop Type:

  • Cereals
  • Legumes
  • Grasses

Cereals dominate the market as they are widely grown, highly nutritious, and essential for meeting the dietary needs of various livestock.

By Product Type:

  • Stored Forage
    • Silage
    • Hay
  • Fresh Forage

Stored forage accounts for the largest market share due to its year-round availability and the ability to preserve nutritional quality, ensuring a consistent feed supply for livestock.


By Animal Type: 

  • Ruminants
  • Swine
  • Poultry
  • Others

Ruminants represent the largest segment as they are the primary consumers of forage, relying heavily on it for their dietary requirements.

Regional Insights:


  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Others)
  • Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Others)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Others)
  • Middle East and Africa


North America’s dominance in the forage market is attributed to its extensive livestock industry, advanced agricultural practices, and high demand for quality forage to support animal health and productivity.

Global Forage Market Trends:

The global forage market is experiencing significant growth, driven by increasing demand for livestock products and advancements in agricultural technologies. Innovations in forage crop breeding, precision farming, and sustainable farming practices have enhanced the quality and yield of forage, meeting the nutritional needs of livestock more effectively. The trend toward organic and non-GMO forage is gaining traction, reflecting consumer preferences for sustainably produced animal products. Additionally, the rising awareness of the benefits of high-quality forage in improving livestock health and productivity has augmented product demand. Geographic expansion of forage cultivation to non-traditional areas, driven by climate change and changing weather patterns, is fueling the market growth, ensuring a steady supply of forage globally.

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June 13, 2024