Livestock and Meat Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Livestock and Meat Market is Segmented by Livestock Activity (Live Animals Trade, Edible Meat, Meat Byproducts, and Livestock Products) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast for the livestock and meat market in value (USD thousand) and volume (metric ton) for all the above segments.

Livestock & Meat Market Size

Livestock and Meat Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 1.7 %

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Livestock & Meat Market Analysis

The livestock and meat market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period.

The limited availability of land and water resources for animal feed production and the increasing use of these resources for food are boosting the demand for animal feed in the overall meat industry. Countries such as India, China, Brazil, and Russia are among the world’s fastest-growing economies. A rise in per capita income is expected to shift dietary preferences toward protein-rich diets.

However, meat consumption patterns are expected to remain significantly different in various parts of the world because of cultural, religious, and other consumer preference factors in different countries.

Globally, increasing population trends also support the growth of the world's meat and seafood market. The highest growth in meat consumption is expected from the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions due to changing diet patterns, higher protein intake, urbanization, population, and economic growth. For instance, according to the OECD Agriculture Statistics 2022 Report, globally, protein availability from poultry, pork, beef, and sheep meat is projected to grow by 16%, 17%, 8%, and 16%, respectively, by 2031.

Livestock & Meat Industry Segmentation

Livestock is commonly defined as domesticated animals raised in an agricultural setting to produce labor and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool. Meat is the flesh or other edible parts of animals (usually domesticated cattle, swine, and sheep) used for food, including the muscles and fat, as well as the tendons and ligaments.

The livestock and meat market is segmented by livestock activity (live animals trade, edible meat, meat byproducts, and livestock products) and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa). The report offers market size and forecast for the livestock and meat market in value (USD thousand) and volume (metric ton) for all the above segments.

Livestock Activity
Live Animals Trade
Edible Meat
Other Edible Meat
Meat Byproducts
Meat Offal
Livestock Products
Raw Milk
Natural Honey
Raw Hides and Skin
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Livestock & Meat Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Livestock & Meat Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand for Animal Proteins

According to the WHO, annual meat production is projected to increase from 218.0 million metric ton in 1997-1999 to 376.0 million metric ton by 2030 due to the growing demand for protein-rich food, primarily driven by the rising health consciousness among consumers globally.​ The increasing demand for animal protein, along with the growing consumer preference for low-fat and high-protein diets, has led to a remarkable rise in the consumption of animal protein across the world.

This trend has been driven by the influence of western cuisines across Africa, Asia-Pacific, and especially the Middle East. As per the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2022 Report, the consumption of poultry meat is projected to increase globally to 154 million metric ton over the forecast period, accounting for nearly half of the additional meat consumed. On a per capita basis, these robust growth rates in poultry consumption reflect the significant role it plays in the national diets of several populous developing countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, and others.

Livestock and Meat Industry: Meat Production, in Million Metric Ton, Global, 2021

Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing in the Market

The growing meat production in the developing nations of Asia-Pacific is leading to high growth in the overall livestock and meat industry. China is the world's largest meat producer, followed by the United States, the European Union, Brazil, and Russia. Globally, livestock expansion is likely to be facilitated by the increasing size and consolidation of production units toward more integrated systems, especially in emerging developing countries.

This trend is due to changes in the dietary patterns of Chinese consumers due to busy lifestyles and rising disposable incomes. The consumption of processed meat has been steadily increasing, in line with income growth, thus driving the meat market in the country.

Poultry meat may continue to be the primary driver of meat production, registering a 16% by 2031. With favorable meat-to-feed price ratios compared to other ruminants and a short production cycle, poultry producers can respond quickly to market signals while taking on board rapid improvements in genetics, animal health, and feeding practices. Production may expand from sustained productivity gains in China, India, and Indonesia.

China's demand for food and meat continues to rise in terms of quantity and quality. With local meat supplies limited by land, feed, water, and supply chain issues, China has to import a significant proportion of the meat from Australia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.​ With increasing modernization and urbanization across China, demand for western-influenced low-temperature meat products, such as bacon and ham products, is driving the meat market.

The growing sheep meat production will likely originate in Asia, led by China, India, and Pakistan. However, significant increases are also projected in Africa, particularly in the least developed countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite limitations linked to urbanisation, desertification, and the availability of feed in some countries, sheep and goats are well adapted to the region with their extensive production systems.

Livestock and Meat Market: Market Share, in % , Region, 2021

Livestock & Meat Market News

  • October 2022: Saudi Arabia announced plans for SAR 17 billion (USD 5 billion) investment to boost poultry production as the Kingdom aims to achieve a poultry meat self-sufficiency rate of 80% by 2025.
  • April 2022: At the University of Connecticut, Mansfield, ultrasound technology is used to evaluate body composition traits. This means livestock producers can check meat qualities in live animals, leading to better livestock selection and breeding decisions.
  • February 2022: BRF Global achieved the ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management System certification, issued by an independent and non-governmental entity based in Switzerland. The certification is internationally recognized and emphasizes that the company meets technical requirements and has effective policies, procedures, and controls to prevent and combat bribery, thus promoting an ethical and healthy environment.
  • In August 2021: Meamo, a retail meat delivery company, acquired the omnichannel meat provider ChopServe in an all-stock deal in India, with the combined entity now valued at USD 40 million.

Livestock & Meat 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 of Livestock and Meat Industry


    1. 5.1 Livestock Activity

      1. 5.1.1 Live Animals Trade

      2. 5.1.2 Edible Meat

        1. Beef

        2. Poultry

        3. Pork

        4. Mutton

        5. Other Edible Meat

      3. 5.1.3 Meat Byproducts

        1. Meat Offal

        2. Fats

      4. 5.1.4 Livestock Products

        1. Raw Milk

        2. Eggs

        3. Natural Honey

        4. Beeswax

        5. Wool

        6. Raw Hides and Skin

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Spain

        5. Russia

        6. Italy

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Australia

        4. Japan

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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Livestock & Meat Market Research FAQs

The Livestock and Meat Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Livestock and Meat Market is growing at a CAGR of 1.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Livestock and Meat Industry Report

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