Better cereal supply: Better pork profits
A major pork
industry seminar has heard that improving the quality and supply of cereal
grains is crucial to reducing the cost of production and improving productivity
in the Australian pork industry.
The seminar at Technology Park, Bentley, WA,
sponsored by the Pork CRC and supported by the Department of Agriculture and
Food WA (DAFWA), was attended by about 40 growers and industry representatives.
Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, told
the seminar that while grains and grain by-products
formed the majority of pig diets, their nutritional value varied greatly between
grains, within grains and even between seasons. The nutrient value of grains
also varied considerably between species.
Providing the maximum digestible energy for pigs at the lowest cost
was a major area of research for the Pork CRC, which has recently commercialised
NIRS calibrations which will be available to the industry by the end of the
“The NIRS calibrations will also benefit
other livestock industries by identifying the energy value of grains for
different animal types,” Dr Campbell said.
CRC supported projects will introduce new barley, triticale and pea varieties
next year, promising grain growers yield advantages and pork producers
“The triticale project is a
particularly good model for developing other feed grains,” Dr Campbell said.
Dr Ray King, Pork CRC Manager,
Program One ('Securing more reliable and consistent supplies of protein and
energy for pig diets'), told the seminar that the NIRS calibrations would be
available for the major feed grains to estimate not just digestible energy, but
crude protein, crude fibre, starch and other nutritional factors.
“They will prove valuable for plant breeding
programs, diet formulations, selecting parcels of grain for animal feeding and
value based grain trading.”
He said the September
2008 launch of the new field pea variety, Maki, with its high and stable yields
and high quality protein, was an important development for the Pork CRC and the
Australian pork industry. Maki will be released commercially in 2009,
accompanied by agronomic information for growers.
• Pork CRC
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