Grower feed boost leads rise in compound production

Compound pig feed production in the UK increased by 4% in the third quarter of 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to an AHDB Pork analysis of the latest Defra figures.

“The rise resumed the upward trend which has been apparent for most of the time since 2010 but which seemed to have stabilised earlier this year,” said AHDB Pork.

The third quarter growth was mainly due to a 9% rise in grower feed output and a 3% increase for finisher feed, suggesting more pigs were being fed, consistent with the latest production forecasts which predict further pigmeat output growth in the coming months.

Only slightly more breeding pig feed was produced than a year before, consistent with a broadly stable breeding herd.

“The latest Defra release also shows that the average price of compound pig feed was similar to the previous quarter at £237 per tonne,” said AHDB Pork.

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