21 Jul 2008

Dairy sector feed production way up

1:42 pm on 21 July 2008

Manufactured feed production for the dairy sector has increased almost three-fold in the first quarter of this year, as a result of a surge in demand.

Feed manufacturers have reported a 287% increase in production of dairy feed compared with the same period last year.

In 2007, the production of dairy feed increased by almost 80% in the previous year.

While the drought was partly responsible for rise this year, the Feed Manufacturers Association says it also reflects a growing use of manufactured feeds to meet the nutrient needs of high producing cows.