September Production Overview – Great Britain
Total production of compounds, blends and concentrates, including integrated poultry units, during the month of September 2018 amounted to 1,255,500 tonnes, 34,800 tonnes or 2.9 per cent greater than production in the same month a year earlier and a record for the period by a total of 28,900 tonnes. Additionally, September’s total stood 102,700 tonnes above the 10 year average for the month, an increase of 8.9 per cent.
Total feed production during the month of September 2018 was made up of: 48.1 per cent poultry feed, 30.5 per cent cattle and calf feed, 12.5 per cent pig feed, 3.9 per cent sheep feed, 3.7 per cent other feed and 1.3 per cent horse feed.
At 383,300 tonnes of production, September’s 2018 cattle and calf feed fell only below the mammoth 400,300 tonnes amassed in 1995. Despite this, 2018’s total surpassed the year previous output by 19,200 tonnes or 5.3 per cent and furthermore, the current month in question’s production was 36,500 tonnes or 10.5 per cent greater than the 10 year average.
For the fifth consecutive month, pig feed production fell below its year earlier output. September pig feed production reached 157,400 tonnes in 2018, 6,600 tonnes or 4.0 per cent below the levels achieved a year previously. However, the current month’s production did exceed the 10 year average for the period by 5,300 tonnes or 3.5 per cent.
Total poultry feed in September 2018, including IPUs, set a new record for the month; the 603,900 tonnes produced outstripped the previous year’s and record total by 12,300 tonnes or 2.1 per cent. Moreover, 2018’s September total stood at a significant 7.6 per cent above the 10 year average for the month, a difference of 42,500 tonnes.
September 2018 sheep feed production continued the 15 month trend of increasing output from a year earlier level by surpassing 2017’s monthly total by 10,900 tonnes or 29.1 per cent. Despite being a huge increase from a year previously it could not match the exceptional pace of growth of over 50 per cent displayed in the two months prior to September, perhaps indicating that the effects of the extreme weather over the summer are starting to abate. 2018’ total was also significantly higher than the 10 year average of sheep feed production for the period under review, which was outstripped by 9,700 tonnes or 25.1 per cent.
Total horse feed production in September saw a 1,400 tonnes or 8.0 per cent drop in production from year earlier levels to 16,200 tonnes. In addition, horse feed production also fell 400 tonnes or 2.4 per cent below the 10 year average for the month.
At 46,400 tonnes, other feed production had increased by 300 tonnes or 0.7 per cent from the September of 2017. A more significant increase was seen when viewed in comparison to the 10 year average, with 2018’s total surpassing the monthly mean by 3,000 tonnes or 6.9 per cent.