June 28, 2013
Russia produced 1,813,000 tonnes of animal feed in May this year, an 8% rise on May 2012, according to a report by the Russian Federal Static Service (Rosstat).
Poultry feed production rose by 7% to 1,075,000 tonnes, pigs by 18% to 569,000 tonnes, while cattle feed production was 160,000 tonnes, an 11% drop on May 2012.
The strong production performance in the pig feed production sector could be explained by the continued growth of livestock. As of June 1, the total number of pigs on Russian farms was 18% higher than at the beginning of June 2012.
For 11 months of the current season Russia produced 19.3 million tonnes of animal feed, which is 11% more than the same period last season. The volume of production of pig feed increased by 23% to 6.1 million tonnes
Experts predict that by the end of the current agricultural season Russia will produce more than 20 million tonnes of feed, a first time record.