Feed manufacturers have invested in R&D to improve the efficiency of feeding, which together with lower commodity prices has helped to reduce the cost of production over the past years. However, the significant fall in livestock production prices has put livestock farmers into a crisis situation.
With a view to strengthening the competitiveness of the European livestock sector by safeguarding unrestricted access to feed as the key input for livestock farming, FEFAC calls on EU policy makers to eliminate legislative threats and obstacles as well as tackle administrative burdens in the field of feed production, next to the measures announced by the European Commission on 14 March 2016. FEFAC also repeats its call to extend the mandate of the high-level DG AGRI Task Force on Agricultural Markets to investigate all EU regulatory measures contributing to higher feed costs (e.g. rising official control costs).
FEFAC President Ruud Tijssens: “The Commission needs to put an end to legislative developments which undermine the competitiveness of European feed manufacturers and livestock producers. The GMO “opt-out” proposal for food and feed imports is the prime example of recent legislative action that jeopardizes livestock farmers’ access to competitive feed supplies”. FEFAC shares the concerns voiced by COPA-COGECA regarding the drastic market situation for EU livestock products and supports their call on the EU Farm Council to consider immediate and targeted action to relieve market pressure on livestock producers.