Feed costs unbalance the agri-food sector

The costs of animal feed remain at high levels after increasing compared to last year due to the imbalances that persist in the world market, with China as the protagonist, according to manufacturers and analysts. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) last August, corn has become 33% more expensive annually; barley, 31%; wheat, 25%; and soybeans, 21%, while all feed categories have increased their price between 10 and 25%.

Regardless of market movements, animals continue to eat every day and, even if more than two-thirds of the feed in Spain is produced by the farmers themselves, any increase in production costs ends up translating into a loss of performance or sustainability economical.

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