Abstract: Despite the rapid development of China’s feed industry, feed resources were in increasing shortage in recent years. Abuse of mineral additives, together with fecal pollution from livestock farming, has severely hindered a stable, healthy and sustainable development of feed industry in China. It seems imperative more than ever to establish a database of feedstuffs and their mineral elements. This study investigated the production, utilization, mineral contents and their distribution of over 98% major feedstuff resources in China, covering 15 energy feedstuffs, 7 major plant protein feedstuffs, 6 major animal protein feedstuffs, 8 green forages and 4 major mineral feedstuffs. The dataset provides scientific statistical guidance for reasonable use of mineral additives in the formulation of feedstuffs in future.
Keywords: feedstuff; mineral element; conventional ingredients; distribution; content