Pig feed production up
According to latest figure from Defra, GB production of compound pig feed in the first quarter of 2014 was 3% higher than a year before.
According to latest figure from Defra, GB production of compound pig feed in the first quarter of 2014 was 3% higher than a year before. This was the first year-on-year rise in output since the first quarter of last year. There were similar rises for growing, finishing and breeding pig feed. This suggests that the pig herd has stabilised following the decline which happened during 2012 and early 2013. The increase in pig feed output contrasted with trends for other types of animal feed, with overall production down by 3%, with less ruminant feed, in particular, given better seasonal conditions.
Given the reduced harvest last year, it is no surprise that 13% less wheat was used in all animal feed production during the quarter (figures for individual species are not available). This shortfall has been replaced by increased use of barley (up 30%), oats (up 86%) and maize (up 65%). Use of cereals by-products was also lower, dropping by 12% compared with the first quarter of 2013. In addition, less soya and rape meal/cake was used this year, partly offset by increased use of sunflower meal/cake.