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 A$
1.50/kg (€0.92), which would stimulate industry growth."
"The pork industry
is already supporting trials of field peas, lupins and faba beans on farms close
to large piggeries."
Van Barneveld 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. In addition, there is an increasing market scrutiny
of some traditional protein sources, such as animal protein meals.
Plant breeding and research
He 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
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