Feed market outlook – Feb 2020

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Uncertainty continues to affect UK feed markets as the US:China trade deal, Brexit and the impact of weather on crop estimates all exert an influence.

Global cereal prices are being supported by smaller global supply estimates and significant export holdups in France. Winter planting difficulties are adding to local nearby prices, though co-product alternatives have been less affected and offer good value.

Early reports suggest the potential for a good South American soyabean harvest, adding confidence to protein feed markets, though nearby meal supply has been disrupted. The newly-signed Phase One trade deal between the US and China has yet to significantly increase demand for US soyabeans.

Key facts & figures:

  •  450,000t of grain blocked at French ports by striking workers

  • Vincentin soyabean crush plants in Argentina still idle, limiting meal supply

  • Brazilian soyabean crop may hit new record of around 120-130mt1

  •  SweetStarch and SugaRich Dairy worth considering for energy

  • Soya hulls for May-Oct delivery of comparing well against sugar beet feed

  • NovaPro alternative to hi-pro soyabean meal costs 17-20% less per tonne
    1 1 million tonnes

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