GB pig feed production down by 3% in 2016

GB pig feed production in December was down by 5% on the year, registering the eighth consecutive month of reduced output, according to AHDB Pork.

Based on the latest Defra data, production in December totalled 167,400 tonnes, with the majority of the continued decline being due to a 14% reduction in grower feed production against finishing and breeding feed output falls of 2% and 3% respectively.

For 2016 as a whole, pig feed production totalled 1.8 million tonnes, 3% lower than in 2015. As with the December trend, the main drivers behind the overall decrease was an 11% reduction in pig grower feed, set against a 4% fall in breeder feed output.

In terms of feed content, 2016 saw a 9% rise in wheat inclusions at 3.48 million tonnes, while barley usage fell by 2%, oat inclusions fell by 44% and maize usage decreased by 3%.

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