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

The report covers Spanish Alfalfa Hay Market Suppliers and is Segmented by Type (Bales, Pellets, and Cubes) and Application (Meat/Dairy Animal Feed, Poultry Feed, Horse Feed, and Other Applications).

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 1.59 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 1.99 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.60 %
Market Concentration High

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Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Analysis

The Spain Alfalfa Hay Market size is estimated at USD 1.59 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 1.99 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.60% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • Spain is one of the significant alfalfa producers in Europe. The rich nutritional content of alfalfa drives the market as the need for quality feed for animals is increasing. In Spain, there has been an increase in the population of animals for dairy products or meat. According to Eurostat, an increase in the total number of animals was observed in 2022. The increased number of animals drives the need for hay for survival. Alfalfa is considered to be the best hay of all.
  • Spain is the major producer of alfalfa hay, which is majorly grown on irrigated land, particularly in the valley of Valle de Ebro. According to the AEFA (Spanish Manufacturers Association of Dehydrated Alfalfa), 80% of alfalfa produced during the 2020-2021 season was sent abroad. The principal alfalfa-growing areas in Spain are Castilla y Leon and the Ebro Valley, and alfalfa produced in the Aragon region is mainly destined for the export market.
  • After the United States, Spain is the largest alfalfa hay exporter globally. The United Arab Emirates, China, and France are the major export destinations to Spain. Increased domestic production, with the growing demand for hay from the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates, are the dominant factors driving the market for alfalfa hay in the country.

Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Dairy and Meat Products

Livestock is a major factor responsible for the growth of the alfalfa hay market. Due to its nutritional benefits, alfalfa is one of the most important feed sources for animals worldwide. Alfalfa hay is used primarily as an animal feed for dairy cows, horses, beef cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys, and other farm animals. It has the most feed value of all perennial pasture forages. Spain is the largest manufacturer as well as exporter of Alfalfa in Europe. Alfalfa hay is a better source of protein for animals. Animals consume more alfalfa than grass hay. Alfalfa is a versatile plant that can be used as high-quality animal feed. Alfalfa hay is considered ideal because of its availability. It is the only forage that is produced and sold in every state.

The increase in meat production in the country is driving the production of alfalfa in Spain. The number of animals in Spain was observed to increase in 2021. According to Eurostat, in 2021, the population of bovines, pigs, sheep, and goats was observed to be 6576.30, 34,454.09, 15081.35, and 2589.09 thousand heads, respectively. Meat production in the country also increased in 2021 compared to the previous year. Animal farming is increasing to meet the increasing demand for high-value animal protein. The demand for alfalfa hay is increasing significantly due to the increasing animal population, driven by the demand for meat and other animal products. The cattle and buffaloes population in Spain is recording steady growth.

Spain Alfalfa Hay Market: Spain Alfalfa Market :  Production Volume,  In  Metric Ton, Total Meat, 2020-2021

High Nutritional Property of Alfalfa is Driving the Export Market

Due to the nutritional benefits, alfalfa hays are higher in protein and minerals and more palatable than grass hays. Alfalfa, in particular, is high in energy and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It contains 15 to 22% crude protein and is an excellent source of a wide range of vitamins and minerals. High-quality hay contains a high percentage of leaves. Leaves provide 50-75% of digestible matter,75% protein, and 90% of carotene in the hay.

According to ITC Trade Map, in 2021, Spain was one of the world's leading exporters of alfalfa meals and pellets. In 2020 the amount of meal and pellets exported was 321.099 tons, which increased to 486,216 tons in 2021. Spain accounted for the export value of USD 112,015 thousand in 2021 compared to USD 71,569 thousand in 2020. In 2021, United Arab Emirates, France, and China were the major importers of alfalfa from Spain. According to the AEFA (The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Dehydrated Alfalfa), during the 2020/2021 season, 80% of all alfalfa produced in Spain was sent abroad.

Alfalfa is highly digestible and usually contains more cell solubles, less cellulose, and hemicellulose, a higher protein, lower fiber, and higher relative feed value than grass. As the alfalfa plant matures from the vegetative to the flowering stage, the number of fiber increases while crude protein and digestibility decrease. Early-cut alfalfa is more palatable and highly consumed.

Spain Alfalfa Hay Market: Spain Alfalfa Market : Export Value in Thousand USD, Alfalfa Meal and Pellets, 2020-2021

Spain Alfalfa Hay Industry Overview

Spain's alfalfa market is highly consolidated with five dominant players. Companies compete on new product launches and focus on strategic moves such as mergers, acquisitions, and expansions to acquire larger market shares. Some of the key players in the market are Alfalfa Monegros SL, Al Dahra Agriculture, DYCASA, Cubeit Hay Company, and Grupo Osés.

Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Leaders

  1. Grupo Oses

  2. Al Dahra Agriculture

  3. Alfalfa Monegros S.L.


  5. Cubeit Hay Company

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Concentration
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Spain Alfalfa Hay Market News

  • January 2023: AEFA (The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Dehydrated Alfalfa) and ICEX renewed the collaboration agreement for the international promotion of dehydrated alfalfa. This collaboration aims to promote dehydrated Spanish fodder in the international market.
  • January 2023: AEFA (The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Dehydrated Alfalfa) incorporated two new collaborating partners, "Biofire Solutions SLU" and "Tefipro." The collaboration allows them to diagnose processes, detect inefficiencies, and propose improvements to make production lines more profitable. It helps in carrying out the manufacturing of dehydrated alfalfa smoothly.

Spain Alfalfa Hay 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 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Bales

      2. 5.1.2 Pellets

      3. 5.1.3 Cubes

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Meat/Dairy Animal Feed

      2. 5.2.2 Poultry

      3. 5.2.3 Horse feed

      4. 5.2.4 Other Animal Types


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Competitor Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Cubeit Hay Company

      2. 6.3.2 Al Dahra Agriculture

      3. 6.3.3 Grupo Oses

      4. 6.3.4 Alfalfa Monegros SL

      5. 6.3.5 DYCASA

      6. 6.3.6 Bailey Farms Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Anderson Hay & Grain Co.

      8. 6.3.8 Coaba

      9. 6.3.9 The Accomazzo Company

      10. 6.3.10 S&S Agrisource Holding LLC


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Spain Alfalfa Hay Industry Segmentation

Alfalfa is a leguminous plant with clover-like leaves and bluish flowers, native to southwestern Asia and widely grown for fodder. It is used for grazing, hay, and silage. Alfalfa is also given to fed animals as pellets where alfalfa is dehydrated.

The Spanish alfalfa hay market is segmented by type (bales, pellets, and cubes) and application (meat/dairy animal feed, poultry feed, horse feed, and other applications). The report offers market estimation and forecasts in value (USD million) for the above-mentioned segments.

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Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Research FAQs

The Spain Alfalfa Hay Market size is expected to reach USD 1.59 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.60% to reach USD 1.99 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Spain Alfalfa Hay Market size is expected to reach USD 1.59 billion.

Grupo Oses, Al Dahra Agriculture, Alfalfa Monegros S.L., DYCASA and Cubeit Hay Company are the major companies operating in the Spain Alfalfa Hay Market.

In 2023, the Spain Alfalfa Hay Market size was estimated at USD 1.52 billion. The report covers the Spain Alfalfa Hay Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Spain Alfalfa Hay Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Spain Alfalfa Hay Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Spain Alfalfa Hay market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Spain Alfalfa Hay 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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Spain Alfalfa Hay Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)