Wednesday, 13 May 2020
By Hannah Clarke
Total GB pig feed production in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020 rose by 6% (28,100 tonnes) year-on-year to 498,800 tonnes.
Production in January rose by 11% on the year, while in February it remained virtually unchanged (-0.5%). Production during March rose by 7%.
The rise for Q1 was mainly due to a rise in production of finishing feed, which increased by 5% (11,400 tonnes) on the year to total 245,100 tonnes.
Breeding feed production during Q1 rose by 7% (+7,400 tonnes) year-on-year to 114,900 tonnes, while growing feed rose by 1% (1,200 tonnes) to 92,000 tonnes for the quarter.
In our latest pork market outlook*, we forecast that pig meat production would continue to increase moving through 2020, linked to anticipated expansion in the sow herd. The rise in pig feed production, particularly breeding and finishing, supports this. So far in 2020, UK pig meat production has been above 2019 levels, with Q1 production up 6% year-on-year.
*Outlook produced in November 2019, prior to COVID-19 impacts