Drop in Taiwanese feed demand

22-01-2007 | |

Feed demand in Taiwan is expected to fall to 7.4 mln tonnes in 2006/07, down from 7.58 mln tonnes the previous year. This is stated by a recent US Department of Agriculture (USDA) attaché report.

The drop is attributed to an expected contraction of pig production in
2006/07 and 2007/08. Although the use of soya meal in feed remains high,
inclusion rates have fallen slightly (1%) due to an increase in the use of
imported distiller’s dried grains (DDGS).
In 2005/06, Taiwan used
approximately 1.7 million tonnes soya meal to produce 7.58 mln tonnes of
animal feed. Locally-crushed soya meal accounted for about 95% of the
total. 

DDGS imports
Taiwan imported 100,000
tonnes of DDGS in 2005/06, compared to 40,000 tonnes a year earlier.
In
response to a request from the Taiwan Feed Industry Association, the Taiwanese
authorities soon expected to grant a zero tariff rate on DDGS imports to benefit
local livestock sectors by increasing their competitiveness with pork and
poultry meat imports.

Other products
In 2005/06, the
use of other oil seeds remained low and is estimated at 2.86%. The feed
inclusion rate of fishmeal is estimated at 2.82%, a 0.34% decrease from a year
earlier. Local feed mills have also started to introduce fermented full fat meal
as a substitute for dairy products in feed rations.

Related
link:

GAIN
report- Taiwan Grain and Feed Annual 2006

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