Northern Ireland – Half Year Production Overview
Total production of compounds, blends and concentrates during the first six months of 2019 amounted to 1,266,100 tonnes and whilst this was the second highest total for the period ever recorded it was nevertheless 69,200 tonnes or 5.2 per cent lower than the production output at the same stage a year earlier. The current total was, however, a considerable 9.5 per cent or 114,700 tonnes greater than the 10 year average for feed production in the first half of a year.
Total feed production during the first half of 2019 was made up of: 50.6 per cent cattle and calf feed, 33.7 per cent poultry feed, 9.1 per cent pig feed, 3.6 per cent other feed and 2.9 per cent sheep feed.
At 640,900 tonnes, cattle and calf feed production from the first half of 2019 was a considerable 60,400 tonnes or 8.6 per cent lower than the levels amassed a year previously at this juncture, which, it is worth noting, were at record levels for the period. In contrast, 2019’s return was 43,400 tonnes or 7.0 per cent in advance of the 10 year average for the timeframe.
Pig feed production for the first half of the year rose for the seventh consecutive year to reach its highest output since 1998. The 115,300 tonnes produced was 2,500 tonnes or 2.2 per cent greater than its year earlier total and a sizeable 21,900 tonnes or 21.0 per cent higher than the ten year average for H1.
Despite being 2,300 tonnes or 0.5 per cent lower than in the first half of 2018, poultry feed production still reached its second ever highest total for the period at 426,800 tonnes. 2019’s total was also 54,300 tonnes or 13.6 per cent higher than the mean of the last 10 half year outputs.
Half year sheep feed production fell to its lowest ever level in 2019; the 37,100 tonnes of output was down from a year previously by over a quarter having fallen by 13,200 tonnes or 26.2 per cent. Furthermore, the current total was 10,200 tonnes or 24.2 per cent below the 10 year average for the period.
In contrast with the general trend displayed throughout the first half of 2019 within Northern Irish feed production, other feed increased its outputs from year earlier levels by rising to its highest total since 2008 and the second largest on record. The 46,000 tonnes was 4,200 tonnes or 10.1 per cent greater the total from the corresponding period a year earlier and 5,300 tonnes or 12.2 per cent larger than the 10 year average for the period under review.