Compound feed production in 2019 will remain at the previous year's level, but a declining trend is foreseeable for the future. This was published by the German Feed Association (DVT)
in its phone press conference on March 25.
A look at the different types of animal feed shows pig feed as the largest, stable segment with 9.6 million tonnes, followed by cattle feed with 7.1 million tonnes, fattening poultry with 4.1 million tonnes and laying hen feed with 2.2 million tonnes. The total compound feed production figures show stable values for the year as a whole. All regions in Germany contributed equally to this result. However, the declining livestock numbers in the last quarter of 2019 clearly show that the trend was already declining then.
How the current corona crisis will influence further developments is not yet clear at present. Irrespective of this, it is foreseeable that the structural change in the German agricultural industry will continue after a short break. In addition, further effects are to be expected from the animal welfare debate. All these aspects will have a corresponding impact on the feed industry. Clever solutions in animal nutrition are now in demand: it is not a question of more quantity, but of even higher quality. Contributions to animal welfare, to reducing environmental pollution and to sustainability are also possible at the feed level. "Our aim is to ensure optimal animal nutrition for climate protection and to support farmers in their efforts to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution on the field", emphasizes Hermann- Josef Baaken, spokesman of the management board of DVT.
The strategies and proposed solutions for agricultural and environmental policy presented by the state and federal governments are prompting feed manufacturers to contribute with solutions. This is because the animal feed industry and thus the rural areas are directly affected by numerous decisions. Baaken: "The importance and possibilities of animal nutrition are often not taken into account in this context. With optimised feed rations, the animal feed manufacturers are making an important contribution that also benefits climate protection".
In connection with the current corona crisis, the worldwide flow of goods is also being discussed anew. "Global networking is irreversible. But we must become more resilient so that the system does not become susceptible to biological crises, which can undoubtedly have a fundamental impact on the food supply," demands Baaken.
One of the association's tasks is to position animal nutrition as an important component of the food industry and ultimately also of the circular economy, for example in the context of the "farm to fork" strategy of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as part of the Green Deal. Baaken emphasises: "We are making a contribution to sustainable agriculture, for example through deforestation-free supply chains, climate-neutral production, etc. We see it as our responsibility, in the global raw material supply, to also help create uniform conditions worldwide and to contribute to climate protection".