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Science, notes the high grain inclusions,
about 70 percent, are one of the main problems facing its feed industry.  
In his opinion, the industry should
replace grains with alternative ingredients
to save the country up to 1.5 million metric tons of grain per year. This will also
cut industry dependence on price fluctuations in grain markets and make Belarus
livestock production much more competitive at the foreign markets.

Gluboksky Feed Mill

Cheaper grain, cheaper feed
The Belarusian economy has a high
level of government involvement and the
Many livestock producers who, under normal circumstances,
country's agricultural industry is not an exwould have purchased feed, have begun trying to produce
ception. As a result, feed mills do not have
their own compound feeds.
a lot of freedom in terms of pricing policy,
and in particular they basically are not able to keep the
"The weak financial performance of agricultural
prices for feed high when grain prices are falling.
organizations, poultry and pig farms has undermined
As explained by Anatoly Truhanovich, main sharethe solvent demand for compound feed production in the
holder of Minsk-based Pukhovichi Feed Mill, the time
country" in 2016, Truhanovich says. "Due to the debts
of large grain harvests in general brings the country's
on previous supplies, feed mills are refusing to deliver
compound feed industry more problems than benefits. He
new feed to customers. In addition, numerous customers
said the falling price for grain is dragging down prices for
started to produce feed on their own capacities."
grain processing products, including compound feed.
As explained by the director of another Belarus
"Our facility always lays the same margin down
feed mill who wished to not be named, the non-payinto the product price," Truhanovich explains. "This
ment crisis has brought a lot of problems to the market.
means that at the conditional price of, for example,
In particular, he explains that his facility now ac$100 per ton of grain, the margin of 15 percent brings
counts for delayed payments in the amount of "millions
us one profit, while with $50 per ton, it brings us quite
of rubles," which equates to many thousands of dollars.
different profit, much lower."
Even reliable customers have no money to pay on
In the first half of 2016, the purchasing price for wheat
time, the anonymous source says. He estimates the
in Belarus was US$91 per metric ton; the purchasing
share of delayed payments at 70 to 75 percent, saying
price for feed barley was US$52 per metric ton. Although
that this problem has gained momentum because some
in the second half of 2016 prices rose on average nearly
of the farms have begun making their own feed or
30 percent, they remain the lowest level among most
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

The lack of payable customers
However, even if feed mills had the option to keep
prices high, in the past year, most poultry and pig
farms in Belarus faced a lack of financial solvency.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Feed International - April/May 2017

Feed International - April/May 2017
Contents
In the Mix
Happenings
2017 NUTRITION & FEED SURVEY: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
100TH YEAR SERIES: Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
7 alternative vegetable protein sources for broilers
Belarus feed manufacturers pressured by falling margins
How to use medium-chain fatty acids in pig diets
FVG Select to combine conferences, expo, networking
World Pork Expo returns to Iowa State Fairgrounds
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Contents
Feed International - April/May 2017 - In the Mix
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Happenings
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 2017 NUTRITION & FEED SURVEY: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 100TH YEAR SERIES: Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 7 alternative vegetable protein sources for broilers
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Belarus feed manufacturers pressured by falling margins
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - How to use medium-chain fatty acids in pig diets
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