GB pig feed output down for fifth consecutive month
GB pig feed production in September was down 11% year on year, at 156,800 tonnes, according to latest Defra data
The majority of the decline came from a reduction in grower feed production of 21%, while finishing and breeding feed output fell by 8% and 7% respectively. While this is only data for a single month, we have seen a year on year decline in pig feed production for the past five months, mainly driven by reductions in grower and breeder feed usage. Furthermore, September marks the end of the third quarter of the year. Taking a look at pig feed production over this nine month time frame, it has totalled 1.35Mt, 2% down on the same point last year.
The reduction in pig feed output correlates with the reduction in clean pig slaughterings in September – click here to read more. Given the sustained fall for breeding pig feed, the data support suggestions that the breeding herd has reduced over the last year and that pig supplies will remain tight. There is little indication of that situation reversing yet.
In terms of cereals used in total GB animal feed production in September, wheat inclusions were up by 3% year on year at 307Kt. However barley (78Kt), oat (3Kt) and maize (24Kt) usage was down, by 10%, 17% and 8% respectively.
Millie Askew, Analyst
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