Aussie pork industry looking for pea partners
The Australian pork industry wishes to develop a closer
relationship with farmers willing to specialise in growing field peas and
non-traditional lupin varieties for use in pig diets.
This announcement was made by Dr Robert van Barneveld, a pork industry feed
consultant who runs the Queensland based company Barneveld
Greater R&D focus
Van Barneveld said, "A
greater R&D focus on the value of these pulses in pig diets would reduce the
pig industry's reliance on more traditional protein sources. A consistent,
high-volume supply of field peas or lupins could help pig producers lower
production costs from A$1.80-$2.00 per kilogramme (€1.10-€1.22) to about
$1.50/kg (€0.92), which would stimulate industry growth."
industry is already supporting trials of field peas, lupins and faba beans on
farms close to large piggeries."
explained that the cost of pork production is affected by a lack of dedicated
feed grains suited to the pig industry, feed transport costs, and the high and
variable costs of cereal grains in times of drought.
there is an increasing market scrutiny of some traditional protein sources, such
as animal protein meals.
Plant breeding and research
added, "For these reasons, the pig industry is investing in plant breeding and
agronomic research with a view to producing grains dedicated to pig diets. The
aim is to increase the availability of vegetable protein sources to pig
producers, particularly field peas which are often seen as the benchmark pulse
for pigs due to their high protein levels and starch-derived energy, whereas
lupins have little or no starch."
â€¢ Barneveld Nutrition
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