EU-Compound Feed Production In Decline

EU - According to the AllAboutFeed website, in 2006, the compound feed production for the EU-25 reached 143.2 million tonnes (mt), which is 0.2% below the figure for 2005 (143.5 mt). The ten new EU member states account for around 16.0 mt.
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The figure includes an estimated amount of 1.5 mt, being the production for Malta, Luxembourg and Greece.

As expected, the poultry feed production was affected in the first half 2006 by the severe drop in poultry consumption due to consumer concerns regarding the Avian Influenza outbreak.

Cattle feed on the rise

The demand for cattle feed increased slightly (+1%) with very contrasting developments: after three years of serious drought, the agronomic conditions improved considerably in 2006 in the Iberian Peninsula. This resulted in a better roughage harvest and, therefore, in a lower demand for compound feed which decreased in Spain and Portugal by resp. 13 and 17%.

In most other countries, the situation was quite the reverse, with a growth between 2% for The Netherlands up to 17% for Ireland and even 20% for Poland.

To view the rest of this All About Feed report, including summaries on cattle, pig and poultry feed in the EU, click here

To view the fefac compound feed production(1989-2006) documents click here.
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