According to data provided by FEFAC members, compound feed production in the EU-28 in 2016 reached 155.4 mio. t, which is 0.4% more than in 2015. Poultry feed has seen its production grow by 2%, whereas pig feed fell by 1% and cattle feed remained stable.
On the pig feed side, after two years of moderate growth, the production decreased by 1% in 2016. This can partly be explained by the effects of African Swine Fever in Eastern Europe, which weighed heavily on the development of pigmeat production, but also by low market prices for pigmeat in the first half of 2016 and large availability of feed grade cereals at low prices which benefitted on-farm mixing.
For the third year in a row, Poland was one of the best performing countries, with annual growth of +4.7%, boosted by the demand for poultry feed (+6%) which has turned Poland into the largest poultry producing country in the EU, but also a +8% in cattle feed. Among the other large EU producing countries, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain recorded positive results (+1.0/1.5%), whereby Germany remained stable. France has seen its production fall by 3 to 4% in all segments, these changes being due either to the shrinking of dairy production after the withdrawal of the dairy quotas or the impact of the AI in the South of France in particular.
However, France remains in third position in terms of total compound feed production, although the gap with the second, Spain, has widened significantly. Germany remains the top leading country.
 From 2016 on, FEFAC does no longer include dry petfood production in its statistics
 Greece, Malta and Luxembourg excluded.
Tuesday June 13, 2017/ FEFAC/ European Union.