In the calendar year 2018, German feed producers produced a total of 23.8 million tonnes of compound feed according to preliminary statistical surveys. This slight minus of one percent compared to the previous year published the Deutsche Verband Tiernahrung e.V.
(German Association animal feed DVT) at its annual press conference in early April. The decline in compound feed production is explained above all by the market adjustments in German pig production. DVT President Jan Lahde commented, "It is clear that the changes in animal husbandry will not remain without adapting to the structural changes in our industry."
Germany-wide in 2018 about 9.5 million tons of pig feed were produced. That is 264,000 tons less than in the previous year (-2.7 percent). Also in laying hens feed a decline in production is recorded. In 2018, 2.2 million tonnes of compound feed were produced here across Germany. This corresponds to a decline of 88,750 tonnes (-3.82 percent). By contrast, beef and dairy cattle production remained largely stable.
Structural adjustments and safe market niches
In the marketing year 2017/2018, 299 compound feed businesses were registered in Germany, ten fewer than in the previous year. On average, one plant in Germany produced around 80,065 tonnes of compound feed in the 2017/2018 marketing year, which is around 2,500 tonnes more than in the previous year. Overall, two trends can be observed. On the one hand, some compound feed companies are expanding their capacities to further reduce production costs. This is particularly evident in the expansion of plants in the size classes above 100,000 tonnes. These were able to increase their market shares by about 2 percent. On the other hand, it shows that smaller compound feed mills are very stable on the market and have found their niches. Currently, the number of companies and their market share remains constant throughout Germany.
Framework complicates domestic production
Continuing cost pressure and low revenues in the current market situation, but in particular the effects of the Fertilizer Ordinance and the implementation of animal welfare programs continue to shrink the local livestock, especially in the north and south of the republic. The DVT suspects that such a development also has a corresponding effect on the compound feed industry.
For the future of animal husbandry in Germany and political decisions, DVT President Lahde emphasizes: "The standard of the German husbandry industry, which we have worked for decades, is on a world-wide level at the top level. We want a healthy balance between environmental and economic policy. Because we want to continue to secure the domestic production of animal food. Otherwise market share losses through imports from regions in which we can not implement our socio-political ideas threatened. "