News last update:6 Aug 2012

Australian Pork CRC helps cut feed costs

According to a report the Australian Pork CRC, feed costs have been reduced and herd production efficiency has been improved in the last year.

Among the report's major highlights were the development of two barley varieties, two triticale varieties and a field pea, Maki, all of which will be released in 2009.    

Two new varieties
"The Pork CRC triticale project, with the University of Sydney, has identified and developed two varieties, one of which is about to be released, with 8-16% higher yields than current benchmark varieties. This is a major breakthrough," Pork CRC Chairman Dr John Keniry said.  

The Pork CRC's development of Near Infrared Spectrometry (NIRS) calibrations for rapidly determining the Digestible Energy (DE) and other nutrient contents of grains will revolutionise the accuracy and cost effectiveness of pig diet formulation. "This will not only benefit the pork industry by allowing grains to be more accurately valued, but it also applies to other animal industries," Dr Keniry said.  

Feed efficiency
Research on feed efficiency will reduce the cost of production for pork producers and increase income.  "Pork CRC research discovered that increasing the dietary DE content for lactating gilts increased the number of sows having a second litter by 30%, a finding which will significantly increase revenue for the Australian pork industry," Dr Keniry said. Research has also demonstrated the benefits of strategically using the additives Paylean and Porcine Somatotropin in pig feed.

The Pork CRC will continue to trial the benefits of combining fat and fibre in pig diets, as well as investigating the adequacy of amino acids in the diets of grower pigs.  

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Pork CRC   

Source: foodmag.com.au

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