The compound feed production in the EU-28 in 2015 reached an estimated level of 156.1 mio. t, i.e. 0.2% more than in 2014, according to data provided by FEFAC members.
Feed costs remained low and even decreased compared to 2014, due to a good 2015 cereals harvest in the EU, both in terms of quantity and sanitary status, and a largely sufficient supply of oilseed meals globally, especially soybean meal. This compensated the still decreasing pigmeat quotations to a certain extent, at a time when pigmeat production continued to increase by close to 1% in 2015. At the end of the day, in spite of the economic incentive to pig farmers to use their own cereals, industrial pig feed production remained stable in 2015.
Like in 2014, Poland has been among the largest producing countries the best performing, with annual growth of +4%, boosted by the demand for poultry feed which has turned Poland into the largest poultry producing country in the EU. In parallel, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK and The Netherlands saw their total compound feed production change between -0.5 and + 1%. Germany strengthened its position as leading EU country in terms of total compound feed production, before Spain and France.
FEFAC market experts are relatively pessimistic concerning industrial compound feed production in 2016. Although they foresee the upward trend on poultry feed demand to persist, although at a lower pace than in 2015 (+1%), a significant reduction in pig feed demand (-2/-3%) can be expected, in line with expert forecasts on pigmeat production in the EU.
Wednesday January 20, 2016/ FEFAC/ European Union.