Alfalfa Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Alfalfa Market Share & Production by Country and it is Segmented by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers Production Analysis (Volume), Consumption Analysis (Value and Volume), Import Market Analysis (Value and Volume), Export Market Analysis (Value and Volume), and Price trend Analysis. The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of value(USD million) and volume (metric ton) for all the above segments.

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Alfalfa Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 25.60 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 34.30 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 6.03 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Alfalfa Market Analysis

The Alfalfa Market size is estimated at USD 25.60 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 34.30 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.03% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • Over the long term, the demand from commercial dairy operators for alfalfa is anticipated to increase due to the increase in investment in huge-scale dairy operations during the forecast period. The major factors influencing the alfalfa market include the increasing demand for quality hay for livestock and cattle population, prices of alfalfa, and price trends in alternative feed and forage.
  • The use of alfalfa has become critical to poultry feed, followed by animal feed in recent years due to its importance for crude protein content. Dependence on alfalfa for animal feed may continue to drive the alfalfa hay market over the forecast period. Alfalfa is known for its tolerance to drought, heat, and cold, with higher productivity.
  • North America is projected to be the largest market for alfalfa. China, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia are the major importers of alfalfa hay from the United States. The United States and Spain are the major exporters of alfalfa globally. The increasing demand for dairy and animal products, shrinking of the land for grazing animals, and growth in high-yielding cattle, bred cattle demand for feed is driving the alfalfa market globally.

Alfalfa Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Alfalfa Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from the Dairy and Meat Sector

  • Livestock is a major factor responsible for the growth of the global alfalfa market. The annual growth of meat production in developing countries is projected to be 2.4%, and that of milk production at 2.5% by 2030. This is expected to increase the developing countries' share in the world's meat production to 66% (247 million metric tons) and in milk production to 55% (484 million metric tons). The livestock sector has been pressured to meet the increasing demand for high-value animal protein.
  • The demand for alfalfa is increasing significantly in China and is driven because of changing production practices in the Chinese dairy industry. This is due to the increasing number of cows raised by modern dairy farmers who prefer using imported hay and commercial feeds.
  • The Chinese government is focusing on boosting the domestic production of alfalfa to meet its high demand. The dairy sector is boosting the demand for alfalfa in China. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the country had about 66.2 million milk animals in 2021, an increase of 9.2% since 2018. The continual increase in the number of cattle during 2018-2021 and the increasing demand for quality animal feed are expected to boost the demand for alfalfa over the forecast period.
Global Alfalfa Market: Headcount Of Milk Animals, in Million Head, China, 2020-2021

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market

  • With the expansion of the dairy industry in recent years, demand for forages continues to increase. The demand for alfalfa hay in major markets like China and Japan is growing steadily.
  • The government initiatives to boost alfalfa production are propelling the market's growth. For instance, China's Ministry of Agriculture issued the National Alfalfa Industry Development Plan (2016-2020) to boost production. This plan aimed to produce 5.4 million tons of alfalfa by 2020. The development plan increased the alfalfa acreage in the country by 6.3% in 2022 compared to 2016. In the region, livestock farming has been accelerated by the increased demand for dairy and meat among consumers.
  • China, Japan, and South Korea are the most important destinations for alfalfa hays, which have been major export targets for the United States. In 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) estimated domestic production of forage products accounted for 77% of demand in Japan. Therefore, the country's imports have been growing. In 2018, Japan imported 25254 metric tons of alfalfa meal and pellets, which will increase to 28227 metric tons in 2021.
  • The changing lifestyle of consumers, along with the shift to increased consumption of meat on account of its nutritional value, has improved the scope of livestock farming and thereby enabled the growth of the alfalfa market. Thus, the government initiatives, coupled with the demand from the livestock sector, are driving the growth of the market studied in the Asia-Pacific region.
Global Alfalfa Market: Growth Rate By Region (2023-2028)

Alfalfa Market News

  • October 2021: Forage Genetics International (Land O' Lakes) received patent approval on a native DNA sequence for resistance to anthracnose race 5 in alfalfa. It is expected to benefit the farmers by preventing defoliation and can save yield losses of up to 25-30%.
  • January 2020: As China's livestock sector increased, its need for quality feed and feed ingredients increased. Under the United States and China Economic and Trade Agreement, alfalfa hay and pellets were given market access to the United States to sell their products in China.

Alfalfa Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Geography (Production Analysis by Volume, Consumption Analysis by Volume and Value, Import Analysis by Volume and Value, Export Analysis by Volume and Value, and Price Trend Analysis)

      1. 5.1.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.1.2 Europe

        1. France

        2. Spain

        3. Italy

      3. 5.1.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. Australia

        4. South Korea

        5. India

      4. 5.1.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.1.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. United Arab Emirates

        4. Egypt


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Alfalfa Industry Segmentation

Alfalfa is also known as Lucerne and Medicago Sativa. It is cultivated as an important forage crop used for grazing, hay, and silage, as well as a green manure and cover crop. The alfalfa market is segmented by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). 

The report offers production analysis (volume), consumption analysis (value and volume), import market analysis (value and volume), export market analysis (value and volume), and price trend analysis. 

The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of value(USD million) and volume (metric ton) for all the above segments.

Geography (Production Analysis by Volume, Consumption Analysis by Volume and Value, Import Analysis by Volume and Value, Export Analysis by Volume and Value, and Price Trend Analysis)
North America
United States
South Korea
South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
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Alfalfa Market Research FAQs

The Alfalfa Market size is expected to reach USD 25.60 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 6.03% to reach USD 34.30 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Alfalfa Market size is expected to reach USD 25.60 billion.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Alfalfa Market.

In 2023, the Alfalfa Market size was estimated at USD 24.14 billion. The report covers the Alfalfa Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Alfalfa Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Alfalfa Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Alfalfa market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Alfalfa analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Alfalfa Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)