Poultry and pig farmers in the UK have to absorb
dramatic increases in their feed costs due to the soaring price of fishmeal and
Fishmeal prices have doubled over the past year â€” reaching Â£700
(US$1,378.64) per mt on farm. They are likely to increase still further, due to
increased use by China, demand from the growing fish-farming market and reduced
fishing quotas, according to a feed specialist. Grain prices are also predicted
to increase by Â£12 (US$24) per mt.
between Â£300-Â£400 (US$591 - US$788) per mt can be achieved by making simple
adjustments to diet formulation, without sacrificing nutritional value, says
Robert Jones, managing director of Newmarket-based supplement manufacturer, UFAC-UK
"Fishmeal has a reputation for possessing unique qualities for enhancing
animal performance but now the use of selected marine and vegetable oils, high
in omega 3 fatty acids, supplemented with synthetic amino acids and the correct
minerals can duplicate these qualities at about half the cost," he says. Jones
therefore believes that pork, broiler and egg producers who are home-mixing
should take a fresh look at their diet costs.
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