Q1 pig feed production update
Our latest feed production data shows:
- Production of grower feed has increased by 88,900 tonnes on the year
- Production of finishing feed has seen a 3% drop on the year
- Production of breeding feed increased by 5% on the year during Q1
GB pig feed production during Q1 2019 has remained flat on the year, totalling 468,000 tonnes according to our latest data. Feed production has mirrored the trends in pig meat production in the first quarter. Production remained relatively flat during Q1, with heavier carcase weights compensating for a fall in slaughter.
In terms of cereals used in total GB feed production (including integrated poultry units) during Q1, maize inclusion has more than doubled, increasing to 188,000 tonnes for the quarter. The price competitiveness of imported product has led feed producers to increase the inclusion in feeds, at the expense of other cereals.
Wheat, oats and barley have all recorded a decline in the usage on the year. Barley usage in particular has been impacted, with inclusion rates down by 22% on the year.