The manure separator market is expected to attain a value of USD 450.76 million by 2018, with a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.
A manure separator is an innovative system that separates manure into solid and liquid streams with the help of gravity or a mechanical system and provides technical, mechanical, and environmental benefits in manure management. The solid stream contains phosphorus, has higher nutrient density, and thus, is useful in soil amendment, as a fertilizer, or as bedding on farms. Currently, various types of manure separators are available in the market, including centrifuge, screw press, and rotating screens.
The global manure separator market industry has been segmented by product type, industry level, and distribution channel.
The market can be segmented into roller size<40 inches, roller size 40–70 inches, and roller size>70 inches. The roller size<40 inches segment is expected to register significant growth, owing to the increasing use of fertilizers made from manure. Manure separators help remove unwanted particles from the manure, facilitating its use as fertilizer.
The manure separator market can be segmented into pig farms, cattle farms, and others. Pig manure contains 13 of the essential plant nutrients, namely nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sulfur (S), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), chlorine (Cl), boron (B), iron (Fe), and molybdenum (Mo) and thus, is widely adopted by farmers to increase productivity. According to the National Pork Board, as of October 2015, the U.S. had more than 55,000 pig farm, and this number has risen significantly in recent years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, the total number of pigs was around 440.6 million in 2018.
The market can be segmented into direct sales and distributors. In the direct channel, players approach customers directly without the involvement of other members and third parties. This channel is not usually profitable as it takes a significant amount of time to search and convert prospective clients into active customers. Further, the channel remains unprofitable for manufacturers as a large number of small orders can increase logistics expenditure and, in turn, erode the profit margin.
Geographically, the manure separator market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
North America is a leader in livestock farming. According to Statistics Canada and Canadian Dairy Commission, around 9,69,700 dairy cows were present in approximately 10,679 farms across Canada in 2018. Quebec and Ontario are the leading provinces in the country with 47.8% and 33.0% of the farms respectively as of 2018. The prominent livestock sector in the region indicates the growth potential for manure separators during the forecast period.
In Asia-Pacific, increasing government and environmental regulations regarding animal byproduct wastage and consumption of non-biodegradable raw materials are fueling the demand for manure separators to meet the growing demand for organic fertilizers. For instance, the Indian government has allocated over USD 376.6 million for ‘Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development’ to meet the growing demand for basic infrastructure, which would encourage livestock farmers to opt for better farm management solutions such as organic manure separators.
In Europe, the growing demand for sustainable agriculture methods and numerous government initiatives are likely to assist farmers in switching from chemical fertilizers to organic fertilizers. For instance, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the European government, rural development program has set out 30% of the budget for supporting organic farming, which will foster the demand for manure separators during the forecast period, 2018–2023.
In the Middle East and Africa, Egypt is one of the most active regions in livestock farming. Chicken, cattle, and goats are three major types of livestock reared in the country. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, in 2015, the number of chicken and cattle heads in the region reached approx. 776,424,139 and 4,883,196, respectively. Additionally, Egypt is channelizing efforts to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of its livestock system to make it sustainable. The Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy toward 2030 (SADS), with the intention of achieving comprehensive economic and social developments based on a dynamic agriculture sector, can achieve sustainable and rapid growth in animal farming.
Some of the prominent players in the manure separator market are
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