Big rise in chicken feed prices
Government figures show that the cost of chicken feed has risen significantly more than feed for other livestock.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) statistics for the period January 2006 to June 2014 show average feed prices for livestock in Britain rose by 85.8% for cattle feed, 75.7% for pig feed, 101.4% for poultry feed and 92.7% for sheep feed.
The British Poultry Council (BPC) has called for more feed to be made available to chicken farmers, including the use of insects as feed which is being researched in the pig industry.
Commenting on the data Andrew Large, BPC chief executive, said: “Poultry producers have seen the highest rise in feed since 2006 compared to other major livestock types.
“We therefore urge the government to act to broaden the range of animal feeds that are available. In particular we seek action to remove the legislative barriers to the use of insect-based meal in poultry feeds and we seek support for the re-introduction of processed animal proteins in poultry feeds, subject to strict controls.”
The statistics also show for the month of August this year British production of animal feed was down 3.8%, compared with August last year.
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