Animal Feed: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th December 2016.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much cattle feed has been imported to the UK in the last five years; what proportion of the total amount was soya products; and from which countries those imports came.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

According to HMRC trade data, the UK imported 28 million tonnes of animal feed[1] from 94 countries over the last five years (2011-2015). Approximately one third of these imports were soya based.

The top ten countries accounted for approximately four fifths of these imports:

  1. Argentina
  2. Netherlands
  3. U.S.A.
  4. Irish Republic
  5. France
  6. Indonesia
  7. Brazil
  8. Germany
  9. Malaysia


[1] HMRC trade data does not separately identify imports of cattle feed. Therefore these figures relate to imports of all animal feed.

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