EU Cattle, Pig Feed Output Seen Down 1% In 06 -Trade

LONDON - European Union cattle and pig feed production are both expected to fall by 1% in 2006, according to estimates released by the European Compound Feed Manufacturers' Federation Friday.
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The drop in cattle feed output reflects a long standing downward trend, the trade group said. Production of pig feed is also set for a small decline despite an expected reversal from the recent downtrend trend in new E.U. member states such as Poland.

E.U. poultry feed output in 2006 is still high dependent on any further developments in bird flu. FEFAC said poultry feed production dropped over 10% at the start of the year, due to fears of bird flu, despite the absence of any large scale outbreaks.

"Since media attention has ebbed progressively, a recovery towards more normal E.U. poultry consumption levels per capita may still be possible," said FEFAC.

The return to more normal rates would keep the decline in E.U. poultry feed production in 2006 at around 4%, but if further infections are seen a larger drop is possible. The trade group said the return of bird flu could cause poultry feed output to fall as much as 25% in certain countries on a monthly basis.

FEFAC estimated E.U. compound feed production (outside of Luxembourg, Malta and Greece) at 143.3 million metric tons in 2005, down 0.8% from the previous year. Within that figure feed for pigs totaled 47.34 million tons, for poultry 45.97 million tons and for cattle 38.01 million tons.

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