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November production, 2017’s other feed total fell only behind 2008’s November output. The vast majority of the increase in other feed production was in flaked maize and maize meal, rising 34.0 per cent or 1,600 tonnes to 6,300 tonnes.


December Production Figures December total production of compounds, blends and concentrates was 232,700 tonnes, a 200 tonnes or 0.1 per cent decrease from December 2016 output. Despite this slight decline from 2016 levels, total December feed manufacture was 31,500 tonnes greater than the average over the past 10 years, an increase of 15.7 per cent. Total feed production during the month of November 2017 was


made up of: 56.1 per cent cattle and calf feed, 28.4 per cent poultry feed, 9.3 per cent pig feed, 3.5 per cent other feed and 2.6 per cent sheep feed.


Production of feeds for cattle and calves amounted to 130,500


tonnes in December 2017, 4,400 tonnes or 3.5 per cent higher than the same month a year previous. Output was also 15,900 tonnes or 13.9 per cent above the 10 year average for the month. While both all other calf and all other cattle compounds remained


identical to the previous year’s monthly output, beef compounds and coarse mixes and blends grew by 4,200 or 27.5 per cent and 700 or 2.4 per cent to 19,500 tonnes and 30,200 tonnes respectively. Dairy feed was less consistent, with compounds surpassing year earlier levels by 200 tonnes or 0.4 per cent to 48,100 tonnes whereas, dairy coarse mixes or blends fell below 2016 output by 700 tonnes or 2.8 per cent to 24,700 tonnes. At 21,700 tonnes, production of feeds for pigs during December


was up 1,200 tonnes or 5.9 per cent compared to the same month of 2016. Furthermore, 2017’s December production was a significant 5,300 tonnes or 32.3 per cent greater than the 10 year average for the period. With the exception of pig finishing feeds, down 500 tonnes to


8,700 tonnes, year earlier production levels were either matched or marginally improved upon. The deficit from 2016 levels incurred by


Northern Ireland December Figures


Total Feedingstuffs Cattle and Calf Pig


Poultry (Including IPUs)


Sheep Other


December 2017 Total Production (Tonnes)


232,700 130,500 21,700 66,100


6,100 8,300


December 2016 Total Production (Tonnes)


232,900 126,100 20,500 73,000


5,500 7,800


Northern Ireland End of Year Production Overview With the publication of data for the production of compounds, blends and concentrates in Northern Ireland in November and December, it is now possible to look at the whole of 2017. Despite the fact that production fell below year earlier levels for four


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finishing feed, was counter-balanced by a 24.0 per cent rise in link and early grower feed, whilst a 1,200 tonne growth in pig starter and creep feed, a 92.3 per cent increase from year previous levels to 2,500 tonnes, completed the picture. Production of feeds for poultry was 66,100 tonnes in December


2017 as compared to 73,000 tonnes in the same month a year earlier. This constitutes a 6,900 tonne or 9.5 per cent decrease. However, December 2017 poultry production was still 5.8 per cent or 3,600 tonnes higher than the 10 year average for the month. Regardless of the overall large fall in production for the sector


from 2016, chick rearing feed and layer and breeder feed both grew from year earlier levels by 100 and 600 tonnes respectively. There was a huge 51.9 per cent or 2,800 tonne drop in turkey feed production from December 2016 and this, coupled with a 4,900 tonne or 11.8 per cent reduction in broiler feed to 36,600 tonnes accounts for the overall sizeable decrease. A 10.9 per cent or 600 tonnes increase on year earlier levels saw


sheep feed reach 6,100 tonnes for the month. Additionally, December’s 2017 total was 8.9 per cent or 500 tonnes higher than the 10 year average for the month. All constituent parts of sheep feed production grew from the


corresponding month a year earlier with: breeding sheep compounds rising 100 tonnes or 4.5 per cent to 2,300 tonnes; growing and finishing sheep compounds growing 300 tonnes or 16.7 per cent to 2,100 tonnes; and coarse mixes or blends for sheep increasing by 200 tonnes or 13.3 per cent to 1,700 tonnes. Total other feed rose from 7,800 tonnes in December 2016 to 8,300


tonnes in the same month the following year, a 500 tonne or 6.4 per cent growth. December 2017’s other feed output was also 300 tonnes or 3.8 per cent higher than the 10 year average for the timeframe. Two out of the three categories of other feed fell in production


level by 100 tonnes when compared to the corresponding month a year earlier, flaked barley and barley meal to 200 tonnes and other other feed to 1,900 tonnes. Contrastingly, flaked maize and maize meal production increased by 700 tonnes or 6.4 per cent to 8,300 tonnes.


2016 to 2017


Percentage Change (%)


-0.1 +3.5 +5.9 -9.5


+10.9 +6.4


10 Year Average Production for December (Tonnes)


207,200 114,600 16,400 62,500


5,600 8,000


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


115.7 113.9 132.3 105.8


108.9 103.8


separate months over the course of the calendar year, total production of compounds, blends and concentrates in Northern Ireland during 2017 totalled 2,446,200 tonnes, 211,400 tonnes greater than the output for 2016, an increase of 9.5 per cent. This is the highest yearly total since records began in their current form in 1996 and stands at


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