US Animal Health Chemicals Industry
Forecast to 2016
This study analyzes the US animal health chemical industry. It presents historical demand data for the
years 2001, 2006, and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by product (e.g., nutritional chemicals,
parasiticides, vaccines, therapeutic antibiotics, systemic agents, growth promotants, diagnostic
chemicals, disinfectants, and antifungal agents), by market, and by animal class (e.g., livestock and
poultry, companion animals). The study also examines the market environment, details industry structure,
presents market share data, and profiles industry competitors.
US demand to approach$13 billion in 2016
US demand for animal health products is expected to rise 3.9 percent annually to almost $13 billion in
2016. Gains in all product segments will be at least incrementally improved from those during the
recession-impacted 2006-2011 period. Preventive care will remain a driving factor in sales of animal
health products as owners of commercial and companion animals alike recognize the need to maintain
good health conditions for their animals. Commercial animals, including livestock and poultry, are largely
intended to enter the human food chain, making prevention and eradication of disease a vital ongoing
concern for both animal and human health. Furthermore, as pet owners increasingly treat their
companion animals as members of the family, pets’ lifespans will continue to lengthen, driving strong
sales of health products.
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Nutritional chemicals to see largest product gains
The large nutritional chemical product segment will account for over two-fifths of the growth seen during
the forecast period. The vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and other products comprising
nutritional chemical demand will remain vital as feed additives and dietary supplements. Consumer
interest in natural products will continue to favorably impact the nutritional chemical segment as products
such as herbs, amino acids, and other ingredients with a “more natural” profile are used to replace
antibiotics in animal feed. Banning of meat and bonemeal in livestock feed will aid demand for nutritional
chemicals as alternative ingredients. For companion and other animals, quality of life concerns will
continue to support demand for nutritional chemicals used in pet food and in supplements. Preventive
health care will also continue to solidify its importance in animal husbandry and pet ownership, as
products including parasiticides and vaccines see ongoing solid gains in demand. Among other animal
health products, diagnostics will see above average increases in demand.
Primary purchasers of animal health products include animal food manufacturers, farms, veterinarians,
and households, with other entities also involved in purchase. Animal food manufacturers will continue to
lead sales of health products, seeing steady gains through 2016. Use in animal feed will remain dominant
due to the sheer size of the US livestock and poultry population, while pet food use will continue to see
faster growth as pet owners demand superior quality food for their animals.
Companion animal sales to register fastest growth
By animal, livestock and poultry will continue to account for the dominant share of animal health product
sales through 2016. However, companion animal applications will remain the fastest growing and will
continue to increase their share of demand. Ownership trends favoring higher spending on pet health --
such as on preventive products including parasiticides, and on food and supplements featuring nutritional
chemical content -- on dogs, cats, and other pets will encourage ongoing above average sales gains.
Smaller uses, in animals such as horses, account for the rest of animal health demand and will effectively
remain a niche market.
Company Profiles for 27 competitors in the US industry including Bayer, Merck, Merial, Novartis, and
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