Early indications show the dry summer has impacted feed protein levels, potentially requiring feed reformulations as further analyses emerge.
Initial near infra-red (NIR) analysis highlights this in winter wheat, where yields have fallen below the five-year average of 8.2 t/ha and barley results are expected to show a similar trend.
Ian Mackinson, from Premier Nutrition comments, “Initial results undoubtedly confirm crops are drier than usual and show interesting early trends. We will be watching them closely and advising on how they need to be factored into formulation readjustments.”
Based on AHDB’s harvest reports, Premier Nutrition’s nutritionists produce a series of updates during September with a final report in October.
These offer specialist interpretation of the harvest results, enabling all those in poultry production maintain consistency and optimum formulation in their feeds.
Premier Nutrition is advising poultry farmers, companies and compounders to keep an eye on analysis updates for the 2018 harvest in the coming weeks.