Feed Outlook* – Jan 2018

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With global weather patterns set to impact feed markets again in 2018, spotting relevant buying opportunities and managing price volatility will be critical.

Maintain close contact with feed suppliers able to provide this support, and consider forward contracts on any feeds at relatively low prices compared to recent history.

Growing worldwide demand continues to put pressure on supply, so the potential for prices to rise following any significant crop shortfall is much greater than the possible downside.

However, the supply of feed will be helped by increased molasses availability due to rising global sugar production, and additional supplies of draff and pot ale syrup in the north.

Key facts & figures:

  • Balance between global feed supply and worldwide demand remains tight

  • Not long ago soyabean meal was near £400/t, UK wheat more than £180/t

  • Chinese demand for soyabean rising year-on-year for more than a decade

  • Summer and winter contracts for ground maize and SweetStarch good value

  • Take advantage of lower priced liquid feeds like Molale and ReguPro50

  • British wheat distillers feed expected to be available again during 2018

* Prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, all prices quoted are for 29t tipped bulk loads delivered on-farm within 50 miles of origin.

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