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Production of Compound Feed

The statistics is an annual statement of compound feed production and feed materials used in compound feed calculated in millions. kg. Feed production is calculated for both the calendar year and operating year up to and including 2022 and for various feed mixes for cattle, pigs, poultry and other livestock species. From 2022, the statistics will only be calculated for calendar years.

Data description

The statistics is a census. The statistics consists of two parts: the production of compound feed and the content composition of the compound feed. Production of compound feed shows the total quantities of compound feed produced in Denmark divided by different types of livestock, e.g. cattle feed compounds, while the composition of the feed compounds shows the total quantities of raw materials used in the feed compounds, mainly grains, but also legume seeds, oilcakes, animal products etc. The statistics cover the production of feed mixtures in the Danish coarse goods companies and feed production companies, which means that farmers who mix their own livestock feed and directly import feed are not included. The statistics is therefore not completely accurate for the total consumption of compound feed, but show a large subset of it. Until 2022, the statistics is published for the calendar year and operating year (1/7 - 30/6) and are a half-yearly count. From 2022, the statistics has been changed to an annual count and is published on a calendar year basis.

Classification system

Data is divided into general groupings, which are cattle feed mixtures, pig feed mixtures, poultry feed mixtures, other feed mixtures and mineral feed mixtures. Within each of these main groups, data is further broken down into smaller groups, such as high protein compound feed for cattle except for calves, complete compound feed for fattening pigs, complete compound feed for live chickens or mineral compound feed for pigs. Data in the content compositions of the compound feed is divided into types of grain, leguminous seed, grain products for feed, oilseed products, vegetable residues, fish products for feed, dairy products for feed, feed fat, sugar products for feed and various other feed substances.

Sector coverage


Statistical concepts and definitions

Other compound feed (for horses, furred animals, doves etc.): Other compound feed for other livestock other than cattle, pigs and poultry, e.g. horses and fur animals

Compounds for poultry: It is compounds for poultry divided by the different types of compounds.

Compound feeds: Compound feeds typically consist of several raw materials, both vegetable and animal. It could be barley, palm oil, linseed or fish meal and milk powder. They are often added with one or more additives.

Agribusiness companies: It is companies that among other things buys and delivers cereals and feed compound to the farmers.

Compounds for cattle: It is compounds for cattle and calves divided after the content of protein

Compound mineral substances: It is compound mineral substances for cattle and pigs

Compounds for pigs: It is compounds for pigs for slaughter, sows and piglets divided after if it is additives or complete compound.

Statistical unit

Data is collected from legal entities.

Statistical population

The population covers the production of compound feed produced by agribusiness companies.

Reference area


Time coverage

The statistics is valid for the time period from 1990 and forth

Base period

Not relevant for this statistic.

Unit of measure

Million kg.

Reference period

Up to and including 2022, the statistics had two reference times. June 30, which is the end of the operating year, and December 31, which is the end of the calendar year. From 2023, the statistics has only one reference time, which is the end of the calendar year.

Frequency of dissemination

The statistics is published twice a year up to and including 2022. From 2023, the statistics will be published once a year.

Legal acts and other agreements

The Act on Statistics Denmark and the production of compound feed is a contribution to meet the Regulation no. 138/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Economic Accounts for Agriculture in the Community.

Cost and burden

The burden for delivering data to the Production of compound feed is last calculated in the 2004 to 9,000 DKK. There is no more recent calculation.


Further information can be obtained from Statistics Denmark and the homepage Foder, gødning og pesticider.