Europe-wide drought piles pressure on feed suppliers

  • Europe-wide drought piles pressure on feed suppliers
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    Ensuring a sufficient feed ingredients for the Irish livestock this winter remains a problem, importers and millers have warned.

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Ensuring a sufficient feed ingredients for the Irish livestock this winter remains a problem, importers and millers have warned.

Drought in Northern Europe and Russia managed to reduce available food supplies and demand and stock prices.

John Bergin feed importers R&h halls urged farmers and compounds to plan what they need now and to take the necessary steps to ensure supply.

Strong buy feed ingredients merchants in July, left the country well prepared in the short term, Mr. Bergin said.

However, because of the ongoing drought on the continent hit the presence of the main grain and non-grain components.

Mr. Bergin indicated that the disastrous harvests throughout Scandinavia and Germany means that Denmark, Germany and Sweden, traditionally exporting countries of wheat, this year is already net importers of grain.

The loss of these major European exporters has changed selection of key ingredients leading importers of the need to find and purchase on the foreign markets, with a consequent increase in delivery time.

Mr. Bergin said that the combination of the decline in grain harvest gloablly and in high demand to feed in Northern Europe has led to significant price growth.

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Was just over 171 million hectares of land in the European Union (EU), used for agricultural production in 2016 – about 40 PCs of all EU land. It supports approximately 10.3 m farmers and farm managers.

Strategy grains expects that this year the wheat harvest in the EU will not top 130m tonnes, a six-year low.

Wheat harvest in France is expected to return about 2.5 million tonnes, about 34 million tons, against extreme weather.

Farmers in Germany and in trouble, and sought €1 billion package of care in searing temperatures.

Joachim Rukwied, head of the German Association of agricultural DBV, argued that farmers lost about 30 of the crop due to the ongoing drought.

Meanwhile, at the local level, factories are still operating at full capacity as lack of grass, especially in the Southeast, continues to bite.

Compounds in the South-East had to transfer significant volumes to factories in other districts of the Republic and in Northern Ireland.

Jimmy Brett brothers Brett said that the situation with the supply of grass on the South Leinster and East Munster remains tight.

Dairy farmers continue to feed 4-6kgs rations per day, and this keeps pressure on supply, he added.

Studies conducted by the company showed that feed manufacturers, as a rule, were about 50pc of their claims silage, although some were in much worse position, Mr. Brett explained.

“I hope that if we get sufficient rainfall in the next two weeks, farmers will be able to do something about fodder shortage and the company will supply the difference,” he said.

“But the bad farmers need to make silage in September of this year. In the best case at this stage for the South-East is that we have a shortage of silage 20-25 PC,” Mr. Brett well maintained.

Grass growth in Europe are at historical lows: page 14

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