Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - Collaboration
GROUND COVER COLLABORATION 4 FEEDGRAINS DEMAND FOR FEEDGRAINS from domestic livestock industries is growing faster than supply. The chicken meat and dairy sectors have shown consistent demand growth over the past 15 years, as have beef feedlots, which remain the largest market sector for feedgrains. Indeed, the livestock industries are now the largest and fastest growing market for grain growers in the eastern states. Consequently, there is commonality of interests in R&D agencies helping grain growers and domestic customers grow the profitability of their businesses through innovation. Australian feedgrains fall into two main categories: those grown entirely or primarily for feed, such as sorghum and triticale; and multi-purpose grains that can be used as feed depending on variety and circumstances, such as wheat and barley. Until recently, the Australian feedgrains industry lacked a strong national R&D focus with funds allocated by industry sector to specific priorities. The Australian Feedgrain Partnership was recently established between the GRDC, Meat and Livestock Australia, Dairy Australia, the Australian Egg Corporation, Australian Pork Ltd and the Pork CRC. In addition, the Stock Feed Manufacturers' Council of Australia is a financial partner and contributes to decision making and management of the partnership. The establishment of this partnership has enabled a better understanding of common interests and more efficient use of levy funds and has created a focal point for all parts of the feedgrain value chain to debate industry issues and related R&D requirements. Overall, the partnership has demonstrated that some problems are best solved by working together. The Australian Feedgrain Partnership has developed a whole-of-industry R&D strategy that draws on industry developments to identify the key goals and priorities of the R&D program funded by partnership agencies. One important outcome of this collaboration is the initiation of a project that aims to greatly enhance the agronomic robustness and use of sorghum. Another important outcome is the emphasis now being given to the uptake of rapid measurement techniques (such as near-infrared analysis) for grain properties, which relate to a feedgrain's value to different livestock sectors. Traditionally, feedgrains have been traded on protein content, test weight and screening, but starch supply has a much greater relationship to livestock productivity. Currently, the partnership is engaged in various other activities, including providing interim funding of feedgrain usage and stock data pending government and industry decisions on long-term data collection and funding arrangements. The partnership also funds an annual statistical update of the Australian feedgrains industry and will be a major participant in the 2010 Grains Industry Conference, organising a session on the feedgrain industry and its R&D needs. More information about the Australian Feedgrain Partnership and feedgrain supply and demand (sorghum) can be found on the GRDC website. □ GRDC Research Code CSP00118 More information: Bob Coombs, manager, Australian Feedgrain Partnership, 02 6251 6321, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.grdc.com.au/feedgrainpartnership SOME PROBLEMS ARE BEST SOLVED BY WORKING TOGETHER. FEEDGRAIN PARTNERS By working together, the livestock and grain RDCs and feed industries aim for whole-of-value-chain benefits By Bob Coombs DAIRY NUTRITION IN BLACK AND WHITE Testing wheat quality so that a balanced ration can be produced is more important than knowing whether the wheat is red, white or a particular variety. This is the key finding from trials by Dr David McNeill and Dr Brian Leury, which were initiated by dairy farmers's concern over poorer milk production from cows fed red wheat. Research suggests that there is no difference in animal performance when fed at levels covering the range most commonly fed in practice (three to six kilograms per cow per day). What the studies did find is that there is large variation The domestic market for feedgrains is substantial: better matching grains to the needs of specific sectors offers an opportunity to grain growers.
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