Feed outlook* – Jul 2017

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Adverse weather in the UK and elsewhere is already affecting commodity feed prices, and there’s potential for even greater market volatility going forwards.

Despite substantial global cereal stocks, this risk is adding pressure to secure forward cover on energy feeds to guard against further price increases. Alternatives to cereals continue to offer better value, often also providing a more balanced supply of energy.

For proteins, the greatest risk comes from investment fund buying in response to any negative reports of weather affecting the new US soyabean crop. Seriously consider finalising summer protein requirements and booking a portion for the winter.

“Alternatives to cereals also continue to offer better value…”

Key facts & figures:

  • November wheat futures up £10/t in late June, now clear of October peak
  • US spring wheat crop downgraded to 40% good-to-excellent, a record low
  • Protein feed markets focused on how weather will affect US soyabean crops
  • Rolled wheat 10-12% more costly than SugaRich Dairy for energy this winter
  • Traffordgold and Molale popular to improve palatability of summer buffer feeds
  • British wheat distillers’ feed in demand as an alternative to rapemeal

* 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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