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Barley Steals Some of Wheat’s Feed Demand

Barley Steals Some of Wheat’s Feed Demand

06 March 2015

UK - The latest GB animal feed statistics, published by Defra, reveal that wheat lost some of its share of animal feed demand to barley in January.

Wheat accounted for 68.2 per cent of total cereals (wheat, barley, maize and oats) used in retail compound feed production in January, compared with 68.9 per cent in December. The percentage of barley, however, went up from 22.1 per cent to 23.3 per cent.

So far this season (between July 2014 and January 2015), the amount of wheat used in compound feed production was 2 per cent higher than in 2013/14 at 1.77Mt. In contrast, barley, oats and maize usage was down 3 per cent, 6 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

The price spread between feed wheat and other feed grains, such as barley and maize, is a key factor in determining the level of demand.

As mentioned in last Thursday’s GMD, the discount of feed barley to feed wheat has narrowed recently, making barley less competitive in feed rations. This suggests that wheat is likely to have reclaimed its share of feed demand in February.

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