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Milk Replacers Market Research Report Information By Type (Medicated and Non-Medicated), By Livestock (Ruminants, Swine, and Others), By Source (Milk Based, Non-Milk Based, and Blended), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032


ID: MRFR/AGR/5717-HCR | 90 Pages | Author: Pradeep Nandi| April 2024

Global Milk Replacers Market Overview


Milk Replacers Market Size was valued at USD 4.1 Billion in 2022. The milk replacers market industry is projected to grow from USD 4.43 Billion in 2023 to USD 8.33 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). The increasing focus on sustainable agriculture and the need for efficient livestock farming practices are the key market drivers enhancing the milk replacers market growth.


Milk Replacers Market


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Milk Replacers Market Trends




  • Rise in demand for ready-to-consume animal nutrition products to drive market growth




The increasing animal nutrients are driving market CAGR for milk replacers. Milk replacers are meticulously crafted from high-quality ingredients to assist in optimal calves' development. Milk replacers are fine, dry powders with a distinct flavor according to the components and feed additives added. This ensures that the products in the solution are easily combined, wettable, and vulnerable.


The growing calf population and the increased need for and consumption of whole milk in the dairy sector have increased the demand for ready-to-consume calf milk replacers. Milk replacers can be precisely combined with water until all the powder is suspended or dissolved without clumps of undissolved powder. They can be fed conveniently with automated feeding devices or nipple bottles. Calf milk replacer is less expensive than whole cow's milk, resulting in faster market growth rates. Manufacturers are investing in research and development to offer solutions that will improve gut health and immunity. Calf milk replacer offers digestible proteins, enhanced vitamins, organic selenium for maximum absorption and utilization, and trace minerals. A young calf's rumen can develop as effectively on a milk replacer diet as on full milk. Calf milk replacers also minimize the incidence of stomach upset and scours. It also reduces the likelihood of disease transmission from cow to calf. Calf milk replacers work effectively in automated calf feeding systems.


The key market demand drivers are rising awareness, prosperity, vast purchasing power, and the integrated nature of the animal products business. The increase in animal product consumption is favorably influencing the growth of the milk replacer industry. Thus, driving the milk replacers market revenue.


Milk Replacers Market Segment Insights


Milk Replacers Type Insights


Based on type, the milk replacers market segmentation includes medicated and non-medicated. The non-medicated segment dominated the market, accounting for 70% of market revenue attributed to their cost-effectiveness. The use of non-medicated calf milk replacers aids in reducing animal stress, which is an important aspect of animal welfare. The growing need for animal nutrition products that do not require drugs and do not compromise animal welfare or production has increased demand for non-medicated varieties of calf milk replacers. The product uses various vitamins, coccidiostats, ionophores, and probiotics as additions that significantly promote animal growth. As livestock bearers become more cost-conscious in developing nations such as India, Brazil, and China, demand for the non-medicated category is expanding.


Milk Replacers Livestock Insights


Based on livestock, the milk replacers market segmentation includes ruminants, swine, and others. The ruminants category generated the most income (40%). The rising demand for dairy and beef products, driven by population growth and changing dietary preferences, fuels the need for efficient calf-rearing practices. Milk replacers provide optimal nutrition and support young ruminants' healthy growth and development. Additionally, the increasing focus on sustainable livestock farming and the need to address environmental concerns drive the adoption of milk replacers as a viable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional feeding practices.


Milk Replacers Source Insights


Based on the source, the milk replacers market segmentation includes milk-based, non-milk-based, and blended. The milk-based segment dominated the market, accounting for 44% of revenue (1.8 Billion). Milk-based replacers are most typically used to feed livestock progeny as their digestive systems are designed to function on milk. Thus, these replacers are appropriate substitutes for full milk to deliver critical nourishment to infant mammals. These replacers are widely utilized in industrialized nations, such as the United States, Germany, and Spain, owing to the widespread awareness of the benefits of milk-based substitutes.


Figure 1: Milk Replacers Market, by Source, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Milk Replacers Market, by Source, 2022 & 2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


The blended segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR in the milk replacers industry in the coming years. Blended source milk replacers are formulated by combining multiple ingredients from various sources, such as dairy proteins, plant-based proteins, and other essential nutrients, to mimic the nutritional profile of natural milk. This approach allows manufacturers to optimize the nutritional content, improve feed efficiency, and cater to the specific requirements of different livestock species. The growing focus on precision livestock farming and the need for tailored nutrition solutions for calves and other young animals fuel the adoption of blended-source milk replacers.


Milk Replacers Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. The North American milk replacers market accounted for USD 1.88 billion in 2022 and will likely exhibit a significant CAGR growth in the study period. The increasing adoption of precision agriculture practices and the need to optimize animal nutrition drive the regional demand for specialized and customized milk replacer formulations. Moreover, the rising consumer awareness of animal welfare and sustainable farming practices stimulates the demand for milk replacers that offer antibiotic-free and environmentally friendly solutions, aligning with the stringent regional regulations on antibiotic usage in animal husbandry.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Australia, China, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: MILK REPLACERS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022 (USD Billion)


MILK REPLACERS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2022


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe milk replacers market accounts for the second-largest market share. The regional demand for milk replacers is driven by the need to ensure optimal calf nutrition and support healthy growth to meet the increasing demand for dairy and meat products. As Europe faces the challenge of reducing antimicrobial usage in agriculture, milk replacers offer a viable solution to promote animal health without compromising productivity. Further, the German milk replacers market held the largest market share, and the UK milk replacers market was the fastest-growing market in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific Milk Replacers Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Rapid urbanization, population growth, and changing dietary preferences increased regional demand for dairy and meat products. As a result, farmers seek efficient calf-rearing practices, driving the adoption of milk replacers to ensure optimal nutrition and growth. The rising awareness of animal health and the need to address environmental concerns spur the demand for sustainable livestock farming practices, positioning milk replacers as a valuable component in reducing the environmental impact of the livestock industry. Moreover, China’s milk replacers market held the largest market share, and the Indian milk replacers market was the fastest-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Milk Replacers Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players actively invest in research & development to drive innovation and expand their product portfolios. These investments aim to offer advanced milk replacer formulations with enhanced nutritional content tailored to the specific needs of different livestock species. Market participants in the milk replacers industry are undertaking various strategic activities to strengthen their footprint and gain a competitive edge. Key market developments include introducing new and specialized milk replacer products and addressing the demand for sustainable, antibiotic-free solutions.


Additionally, major manufacturers in the milk replacers industry focus on localized production facilities to minimize operational costs and improve supply chain efficiency. Local manufacturing allows companies to offer cost-effective milk replacers to clients while ensuring timely product availability. The milk replacers industry has recently witnessed advancements in nutritional formulations, aligning with precision livestock farming practices and providing significant advantages in optimizing animal health and growth. Major players in the milk replacers market, including Cargill Inc (US), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), CHS Inc (US), Land O'lakes Inc (US), Glanbia PLC (Ireland), Lactalis Group (France), VanDrie Group (Netherlands), Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands), Nutreco N.V. (Netherlands), Alltech (US), are attempting to increase market demand by heavily investing in R&D activities.


Cargill Inc is an agribusiness corporation that offers food, financial products, agricultural, industrial, and risk management services. It markets, processes, and distributes grains, oilseeds, sugar, meat, other food goods, and cotton. The organization offers technical assistance, data asset solutions, transportation and logistics, risk management, and marketing services. In addition, the company manufactures and distributes starch and starch sweeteners, as well as fuel ethanol and biodiesel. Cargill sells feed and pet food under various brands, including Provimi, Nutrena, Cargill, Diamond V, EWOS, and Purina. Its operations are spread over the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. In 2021, Cargill developed calf milk replacers with 22.5% protein and 20% edible-grade fat to assist the overall health of calves during the critical first few weeks of life.


BIOMIN Holding GmbH, headquartered in Inzersdorf-Getzersdorf, Austria, develops and manufactures feed additives and premixes for livestock animals such as swine, poultry, dairy, beef cattle, and aquaculture. The firm serves customers in over 100 countries throughout the world. BIOMIN launched an animal nutrition joint venture with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2020. This collaboration was formed to conduct advanced research in mycotoxin detoxification, animal nutrition, and gut performance.


Key Companies in the milk replacers market include.



  • Cargill Inc (US)

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (US)

  • CHS Inc (US)

  • Land O'lakes Inc (US)

  • Glanbia PLC (Ireland)

  • Lactalis Group (France)

  • VanDrie Group (Netherlands)

  • Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands)

  • Nutreco N.V. (Netherlands)

  • Alltech (US)


Milk Replacers Industry Developments


November 2022: Archer Daniels Midland Company has established a new research laboratory in Switzerland. The company intends to enhance its research activities on science-based feed additives to meet the needs of livestock and pet food customers.


March 2021: Denkavi, a Dutch Company, acquired the animal nutrition division of FrieslandCampina. This division included milk replacer brands such as Porcolac, Serolat, Kalvolac, and others, producing around 80,000 metric tons of animal feed.


Milk Replacers Market Segmentation


Milk Replacers Type Outlook



  • Medicated

  • Non-Medicated


Milk Replacers Livestock Outlook



  • Ruminants

  • Swine

  • Others


Milk Replacers Source Outlook



  • Milk Based

  • Non-Milk Based

  • Blended


Milk Replacers Regional Outlook




  • North America

    • US

    • Canada






  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe






  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific






  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 4.1 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 4.43 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 8.33 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 8.2% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018-2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Market Competitive Landscape, Revenue Forecast, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, Livestock, Source, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, German, Canada, UK, Italy, France, China, Spain, India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Cargill Inc (US), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), CHS Inc (US), Land O'lakes Inc (US), Glanbia PLC (Ireland), Lactalis Group (France), VanDrie Group (Netherlands), Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands), Nutreco N.V. (Netherlands), Alltech (US)
Key Market Opportunities Rising number of dairy farmers adopting non-medicated nutritional products
Key Market Dynamics Growing demand for milk replacers in animal husbandry for improved nutrition and growth


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The milk replacers market size was valued at USD 4.1 Billion in 2022.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the largest share of the market.

The key players in the market are Cargill Inc (US), Archer Daniels Midland Company (US), CHS Inc (US), Land O'lakes Inc (US), Glanbia PLC (Ireland), Lactalis Group (France), VanDrie Group (Netherlands), Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (Netherlands), Nutreco N.V. (Netherlands), Alltech (US).

The non-medicated category dominated the market in 2022.

The milk-based had the largest share of the market.

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