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Drop in Taiwanese feed demand

Published on 22 January, 2007, Last updated at 13:44 GMT


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) attache 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.


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