August Feed Production Overview – Great Britain
Total production of compounds, blends and concentrates, including integrated poultry units, during the month of August 2019 was unable to come close to the record outputs from a year previously, with production falling by 73,000 tonnes or 6.6 per cent to amount to 1,035,800 tonnes. This was the lowest total of the last four years but also the fourth highest total on record for the month meaning that the 10 year average for August was exceeded by 16,600 tonnes or 1.6 per cent.
Total feed production during the month of August 2019 was made up of: 49.4 per cent poultry feed, 28.4 per cent cattle and calf feed, 14.9 per cent pig feed, 3.5 per cent other feed, 2.8 per cent sheep feed and 1.0 per cent horse feed.
A drop of 45,400 tonnes from the unparalleled production of August 2018 saw cattle and calf feed output fall to its lowest level in three years. The 294,400 tonnes produced was 13.4 per cent less than what was accumulated a year earlier and furthermore, was 6,900 tonnes or 2.3 per cent lower than the 10 year average for the month.
Once again pig feed was the only sector to better year previous levels. Posting its highest output since 2000, the 153,800 tonnes was 5,600 tonnes or 3.8 per cent greater than the production of August 2018. The 10 year average was also outstripped by 14,300 tonnes, a significant 10.3 per cent difference.
Sitting slightly below the levels amassed a year earlier, poultry feed production surpassed 500,000 tonnes for the month of August for only the fourth time on record. 2019’s total of 511,400 tonnes was just 0.6 per cent down on a year previous, a fall of 3,100 tonnes. The total was, however, enough to better the 10 year average for the month of 493,900 tonnes by 17,500 tonnes or 3.5 per cent.
At 29,100 tonnes, sheep feed production had fallen dramatically from year earlier levels. Whilst it is worth noting that the output from 2018 of 49,700 tonnes has never come close to being rivalled the 20,600 tonnes or 41.4 per cent fall is still indicative of the general decline in production with the sector. This is highlighted by the fact that output for the month under review sat 1,100 tonnes or 3.6 per cent below the 10 year average.
Horse feed production for August fell to its lowest level this millennium having fallen by 2,200 tonnes or 17.5 per cent to an output of 10,400 tonnes. Unsurprisingly, this total was not enough to exceed the 10 year average of 11,600 tonnes which was 1,200 tonnes or 10.3 per cent greater than 2019’s production.
For the first time in 10 years, other feed output failed to exceed 40,000 tonnes in the month of August. The 36,600 tonnes produced was 7,500 tonnes or 17.0 per cent lower than the yield of a year earlier. As with all but two of the feed sectors under review, other feed failed to better the 10 year average for the period, falling 6,100 tonnes or 14.3 per cent short of the total.
Source: Feed Compounder e letter.