News14 November 2019Brussels, BelgiumAgriculture and Rural Development
Commission publishes updated EU feed protein supply
The drought observed in 2018 in Europe had a significant impact on the overall feed supply for 2018/19. The level of EU self-sufficiency and total feed supply decreased compared to the previous years. The self-sufficiency dropped from 80% to 77%, with a lower availability of roughage, partly replaced by higher maize imports. The total feed supply was down by 4%, to 83 million tonnes, due to the reduced size of cattle and pig herd. These are among the key findings of the 2018/19 EU feed protein balance sheet, published today by the European Commission.
Roughage, such as grass and silage maize, remains the main source of feed protein, representing 42% of the EU total feed use. As oilseed meals and crops, their share increased by 1% each and reached respectively 26% and 23%.
While the EU is fully self-sufficient in roughage, the EU produces only 26% of oilseed meals (mainly soya and rapeseed meals) consumed by the EU livestock sector.
Because of lower feed demand, the consumption of all feed protein sources dropped in absolute figures. Within the category of ‘crops’, we can observe a shift towards more imported maize and within the category ‘oilseeds’ a small shift towards more soya bean meals, at the expense of rapeseed and sunflower meals.
Source: European Commission
Shares of different protein sources in 2017/18 and 2018/19