Animal feed production lower in third quarter
Latest figures from Defra show that GB production of animal feed in July to September was 5% lower than a year earlier. In contrast, pig feed production was 1% higher than a year before, mainly due to a 6% rise for finishing feed.
Latest figures from Defra show that GB production of animal feed in July to September was 5% lower than a year earlier. This was largely driven by a sharp fall in production of ruminant feed, following a good grazing season and with forage supplies high, although poultry feed output was also lower. This might suggest a reduction in poultry meat production ahead, with broiler chick placings also 2% lower during the quarter. In contrast, pig feed production was 1% higher than a year before, mainly due to a 6% rise for finishing feed. This adds further evidence that the productivity of the UK herd has improved, meaning more pigs on the ground. It also reflects the heavier weights of finished pigs of late. Output of breeding pig feed was 1% up on the third quarter of last year but less grower and creep feed was produced.
With supplies still tight following last year’s reduced harvest, 12% less wheat was used in compound animal feed production in July to September this year. As in recent periods, this was partly offset by increased use of other cereals such as barley, oats and maize. Wheat use can be expected to rise going forward, due to the much larger harvest this year. There was a similar pattern for cereals by-products, with less wheat feed used and more distillery by-products. For the protein component of feed, there was increased use of sunflower cake/meal and of field beans but use of most other ingredients was lower.