September Feed Production Overview – Northern Ireland
Total production of compounds, blends and concentrates during the month of September 2018 reached 204,300 tonnes, surpassing the previous record for the month set a year earlier by 10,200 tonnes or 5.3 per cent. Furthermore, total production of feed in the month was 38,300 tonnes or 23.1 per cent higher than the 10 year average for the period in question.
Total feed production during September 2018 was made up of: 48.9 per cent cattle and calf feed, 35.7 per cent poultry feed, 10.7 per cent pig feed, 2.9 per cent other feed and 1.7 per cent sheep feed.
Total cattle and calf feed failed to surpass the record levels produced a year earlier, falling 1,100 tonnes or 1.1 per cent below 2017’s total. At 99,900 tonnes, September 2018’s production was still a significant 20,100 tonnes or 25.2 per cent higher than the 10 year average for the month.
For the first time since 1997 total pig feed production for the month of September breached the 20,000 tonne mark, with 2018’s total eclipsing the record set that year by 1,400 tonnes. The 21,800 tonnes amassed in 2018 also stood 2,300 tonnes or 11.8 per cent above September 2017 output; and 6,500 tonnes or 42.5 per cent above the 15,300 tonnes 10 year average for the month.
Total poultry feed also attained record levels for the month in question. The 73,000 tonnes of output outperformed year earlier production by 9,100 tonnes or 14.3 per cent. The 10 year average for the period under review was also significantly exceeded by 10,400 tonnes or 16.6 per cent.
Production of sheep feed in September could not top the record levels achieved a year previously with 3,500 tonnes of output in the month, 200 tonnes or 5.4 per cent less than was recorded in 2017. However, 2018’s September total did exceed the 10 year average for the month, doing so by 500 tonnes or 16.7 per cent.
Total other feed production was the only other sector, along with sheep feed, to fall below year earlier levels. A drop of 100 tonnes or 1.6 per cent saw other feed output drop to 6,000 tonnes. Nevertheless, September 2018 production levels were still 800 tonnes or 15.4 per cent higher than the 10 year average for the month in question.