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Record year for compound feed in NZ

Compound feed production and raw material usage statistics collected by the New Zealand Feed Manufacturers Association (NZFMA) showed an increase in total compound feed production by NZFMA members of 47,597 tonnes or 5.7 % for the year ending 31 December 2007.

Michael Brooks, Executive Director of the NZFMA, said the increase in production is the biggest annual increase by our members since 2003. "The increased demand for dairy feed is one of the main reasons for the increase," said Mr Brooks.

"The relatively high dairy commodity prices and increased payouts to dairy producers mean that using a complete feed as part of the production system, rather than just relying on pasture or forages alone, is a more attractive and highly effective way for farmers to increase their overall returns."

He also noted that supply constraints in the global grain market are making it increasingly difficult for those livestock producers, who have traditionally manufactured feed on-farm, to source sufficient raw materials at a reasonable cost and this has resulted in a shift away from home-milling to purchasing complete feed.

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