GB pig feed output down for eighth consecutive month

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GB pig feed production in December was down on the year for the eighth consecutive month, according to the latest Defra data.

At 167,400 tonnes, pig feed production in December was 5% lower than the same period in 2015. The majority of the decline came from a reduction in grower feed production of 14%, while finishing and breeding feed output fell by 2% and 3% respectively.

The latest raft of data is the final piece in the puzzle for 2016. As such, pig feed production in 2016 totalled 1.8 million tonnes, 3% lower year on year. The main drivers behind the overall decrease is a reduction in pig grower feed (-11%) and to a lesser extent, a fall in breeder feed output (-4%).

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The fall in pig feed output last year may not have come as a huge surprise to some, with pig prices hitting multi year lows by the spring, pressuring the domestic herd. Furthermore, the production of pig feed in GB showed a similar pattern to pig meat production last year. For the first half of 2016 both GB clean pig slaughterings and pig feed production averaged an increase year on year. However, during the second half of the year, when the legacy of low prices began to have an impact, both clean pig slaughterings and pig feed production averaged a decrease on the year.

In terms of cereals used in total GB animal feed production in 2016, wheat inclusions increased by 9% on the year at 3.48 million tonnes, while barley usage fell by 2% to 943 thousand tonnes. Likewise, oat inclusions fell by 44% on the year at 41 thousand tonnes and maize usage decreased by 3% at 270 thousand tonnes.

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Millie Askew, Analyst
millie.askew@ahdb.org.uk, 024 7647 8968