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Feed Prices 16 Per Cent Higher Than Year Ago

9 August 2013, at 7:39am

UK - Retail production of animal feed was 6.7 per cent higher in June 2013, while average prices for poultry feed for the quarter are 16 per cent above the level of the previous year.

Statistics on animal feed production in Great Britain for the April to June quarter have been published by Defra.

For the latest month of June 2013, total GB retail production of animal feed was up 6.7 per cent compared with June 2012 at 853,300 tonnes of compound feed, blends and concentrates. The moving 12-month figure stands at 10.756 million tonnes.

Total integrated feed production was 5.1 per cent higher in June 2013 than the same month last year.

Total raw material usage in the retail production of animal feed was up 5.3 per cent compared with June 2012.

Feed price increases appear to be levelling off somewhat this year but they are well above those of a year ago for all species. Average prices per tonne for the quarter April to June 2013 (with the corresponding figure from 2012 and percentage change in brackets are:

  • Cattle and calf feed - £253 (£223; +13.5 per cent)
  • Pig feed - £288 (£259; +11.2 per cent)
  • Poultry feed - £311 (£268; +16.0 per cent)
  • Sheep feed - £257 (£222; +15.8 per cent)
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