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UK Feed Prices Continue to Slide

07 March 2014

UK - While compound feed prices are well below their peak of about one year ago, it is sobering to note that they are 87, 76 and 97 per cent higher, respectively, for cattle/calf, pigs and poultry rations than at the start of 2006, writes Jackie Linden.

In the latest quarter for which data are available - October to December 2013 - the average price per tonne for cattle/calf feed was £238, while pig feed averaged £260 and poultry feed cost £274, according to Animal Feed Statistics for Great Britain from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The cattle/calf feed price excludes calf milk substitutes and the poultry feed price is an average weighted by production from feed compounders, excluding output from integrators.

The graph below shows the average price of a tonne of compound feed for cattle, pigs and poultry in the UK from the first quarter of 2006 to fourth quarter of 2013.

Peak prices for all species were reached in the first half of 2013; poultry feed prices peaked at £311 per tonne, pig feeds at £291 and cattle feed at £253.

UK animal feed prices Defra
Average compound feed prices by main livestock categories in Great Britain (quarterly; January 2006 to September 2013)
Source: Defra
(1) Excludes prices for calf milk substitutes. (2) The average poultry feed price is weighted by production of compounds from sales compounders only and excludes production from integrated poultry units.

Further Reading

You can view the full report from Defra by clicking here.

Jackie Linden

Jackie Linden

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