The growth in the domestic biofuels industry could be
a blessing in disguise for livestock production in the
Much has been made of rising animal feed costs, partly
driven by demand from the emerging industry, but co-products
from that same industry could be used as animal feed.
Whether or not these benefits are actually seen depends
on one key factor - the price charged for the co-products.
A study has just been completed by ADAS, funded by the
HGCA, BPEX and EBLEX looking at both biodiesel and bioethanol.
Report author, Dr Bruce Cottrill said: "It is estimated
by 2010 there will be an additional 150,000 tonnes of rape
seed meal (RSM) and 10,000 tonnes of glycerol from UK crushed
oil seed rape.
"Predicting wheat distillers dried grains with solubles
(DDGS) is more difficult but, based on current planned
production, some 940,000 tonnes may be available for use
as animal feed.
"Based on current estimates of production, it seems
likely the livestock industry could absorb all the additional
RSM and glycerol produced and they would replace imported
Dr Cottrill said there had been little work on the amount
of DDGS derived from wheat which could be included in feed
and more work was needed on this.
BPEX Chief Executive Mick, Sloyan said: "The amount
will fluctuate as the biofuel market matures but this is
undoubtedly an opportunity for the British pig industry
and manufacturers will be including significant amounts
of these in diets."
EBLEX Chief Exec Richard Ali said: "What shines through
in this report are the linkages between energy and agricultural
policy and I have no doubt that the livestock sector will
become increasingly active in analysing the effects of
proposed changes in those regimes."
Alastair Dickie of HGCA Crop Marketing said: "The
UK is in deficit in protein for its animal feed and an
expanding source of rapemeal and DDG will help the Balance
of Payments and reduce the livestock industry's import
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