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Feed Production Update


By Ryan Mounsey


NORTHERN IRELAND On 6th


April, Daera released the data for livestock feed production in


Great Britain for the months of November and December 2017. Both the individual month’s figures and the year-end totals are discussed below.


November Production Figures Total production of compounds, blends and concentrates for the month of November rose by 19.8 per cent and 38,900 tonnes from year earlier levels to 235,800 tonnes, surpassing the record for the month that had been set in 2016. November 2017 total production sat comfortably above the 10 year average at 24.6 per cent and 46,600 tonnes over the mean. Total feed production during the month of November 2017 was


made up of: 54.8 per cent cattle and calf feed, 31.2 per cent poultry feed, 8.5 per cent pig feed, 3.5 per cent other feed and 1.9 per cent sheep feed.


Production of feeds for cattle and calves at 129,200 tonnes was


up by 25,900 tonnes or 25.1 per cent compared to the November 2016. Cattle and calf feed also stood at 26,800 tonnes or 26.2 per cent above the 10 year average for the month of November. With the trend displayed in October continuing, there were


significant percentage increases across beef and dairy production levels when compared to 2016. Beef cattle compounds rose to 18,700 tonnes, up 42.7 per cent or 5,600 tonnes from November the previous year. Beef coarse mixes also grew from year earlier levels, up 22.6 per cent or 5,500 tonnes to 29,800 tonnes. Dairy cow compounds and mixes did likewise, expanding by 24.1 per cent or 9,400 tonnes and 26.3 per cent or 5,400 tonnes to 48,400 tonnes and 25,000 tonnes respectively. The only decrease from the previous year’s total occurred in other cattle compounds which dropped to 500 tonnes from 1,100 tonnes, a 54.5 per cent or 600 tonnes drop.


Northern Ireland November Figures


Total Feedingstuffs Cattle and Calf Pig


Poultry (Including IPUs)


Sheep Other


November 2017 Total Production (Tonnes)


235,800 129,200 20,100 73,700


4,500 8,300


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November 2016 Total Production (Tonnes)


196,900 103,300 18,100 64,800


4,000 6,700


At 20,100 tonnes, pig feed production in Northern Ireland during


the month of November was up 11.0 per cent or 2000 tonnes on 2016 outputs. This is the highest production has been this millennium with the last time this total was exceeded being 1998. Pig feed production in November 2017 was 5,100 tonnes or 34.0 per cent greater than the 10 year average for the month. With the exception of pig finishing feed, which recorded the


same output as a year earlier at 7,900 tonnes, all sectors of pig feed increased production. Pig starter and creep feed grew 41.2 per cent or 700 tonnes to 2,400 tonnes of output. Production of pig link and early grower feed rose by 600 tonnes or 25.0 per cent to 3,000 tonnes whilst pig growing feed increased by 500 tonnes or 15.2 per cent to 3,800 tonnes when compared to this month in 2016. An 11.1 per cent growth in production from year earlier levels saw pig breeding feed total 3,000 tonnes in November 2017. Production of feed for poultry amounted to 73,700 tonnes


in November 2017, a 13.7 per cent or 8,900 tonnes rise from the corresponding month a year earlier. 2017’s record total for the month surpassed the 10 year average by 21.0 per cent or 12,800 tonnes, despite a sizeable reduction in the output of turkey and other feed of 32.8 per cent, or 4,200 tonnes, to 8,600 tonnes. Layer and breeder feed increased significantly when compared to


year earlier levels, with production rising 30.9 per cent or 6,000 tonnes to 25,400 tonnes. A 7,000 tonnes or 22.7 per cent increase also saw broiler feed production rise to 37,800 tonnes. Chick rearing feed production remained reasonably stable with a 100 tonne increase recorded in November 2017, a 5.6 per cent growth to 1,900 tonnes. At 4,500 tonnes sheep feed had risen 12.5 per cent or 500 tonnes


when compared to November 2016. Whilst 2017’s output fell 300 tonnes below the record for November, it nevertheless sat comfortably above the 10 year average by 18.4 per cent or 700 tonnes. All categories of sheep feed increased their production above that


achieved in the same period of the previous year. Coarse mixes and blends for sheep rose to 1,600 tonnes from 1,300 tonnes, a 23.1 per cent or 300 tonne gain; compounds for growing and finishing sheep increased by 13.3 per cent or 200 tonnes to 1,700 tonnes; and breeding sheep compounds increased production by 100 tonnes or 9.1 per cent to 1,200 tonnes. A 23.9 per cent rise compared to the same month of 2016 saw


other feed production reach 8,300 tonnes, adding 1,600 tonnes. At 16.9 per cent and 1,200 tonnes above the 10 year average for


2016 to 2017


Percentage Change (%)


+19.8 +25.1 +11.0 +13.7


+12.5 +23.9


10 Year Average Production for November (Tonnes)


189,200 102,400 15,000 60,900


3,800 7,100


November 2017 as a Percentage of 10 Year Average (%)


124.6 126.2 134.0 121.0


118.4 116.9


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