According to FEFAC, compound feed production in the EU-27 slightly increased by 0.7% in 2012 to 152.7 mio. t.
Pig feed has seen its production fall by 1.4% for the second year, whereas poultry & layer feed continued increasing by 1.5%, thereby confirming their position as leading compound feed segment slightly above pig feed. Cattle feed production increased also by 2.3%.
The most important factors which have weighed in on the EU feed demand in 2012 were the still fragile economic situation of the pig sector and the soaring feed material costs. Most EU Member countries saw their production change within a range of -2/+2%, with the noticeable exception of Ireland (+17%) due to the higher demand for cattle feed, or Poland (+4%) boosted by the demand for poultry feed. UK also experienced a +2.9% increase, which is noticeable for a country whose level of production has been remarkably stable over the last 20 years. Denmark and Slovakia managed to reverse the negative trend recorded for the last 5 years. Germany’s position as leading EU country in terms of total compound feed was strengthened, ahead of Spain shoulder to shoulder with France for the second position. Germany is the leading cattle feed producer, Spain is the leader for pig feed and France maintains the leading position as poultry feed producer. The compound feed production in the EU is on a similar level as the production in the USA and represents 16% of the global production that is estimated at around 945 mio. t.
June 2013/ FEFAC/ European Union.