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End to cheap poultry food, feed boss warns

UK egg and poultry producers need not fear about the long-term availability of feed, but they should accept that the era of cheap food production is at an end.

Presenting the 22nd Temperton Fellowship report on "Global Feed Resources and Supply" in London recently, BOCM PAULS sales and marketing director Nick Major said the prospects for the egg and poultry meat sectors remained buoyant.

Global poultry meat demand, for example, was expected to almost double between 2012 and 2050, from 103 million tonnes to 181 million tonnes, while egg consumption would increase 64% to 102 million tonnes.

Major outlined three particular drivers – the growing world population, increased wealth and urbanisation. The big question however, was whether there would be enough feed to meet the extra numbers of poultry – and Major said there were grounds for optimism.

For a start, the poultry sector had a long history of efficiency gains, so he believed there would be continuing improvements in feed conversion ratios, meaning less feed required per bird. And he anticipated further gains in crop yields and cropping intensity, even though the area of arable land around the globe would only increase slowly.

But the poultry sector would have to compete with other livestock species and, especially, the biofuel sector, to secure its share of the extra grain and oilseeds. In conclusion Major warned that, while volatility would continue, the fundamentals of strong demand and firm prices were here to stay.

Source: Poultry World

Philip Clarke

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