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Producers to Profit from New Triticale

by 5m Editor
18 November 2008, at 8:18am

AUSTRALIA - Pig producers seem likely to benefit from a new cereal grain due for release next year.

Weekly Times Now reports that the triticale variety has been developed by University of Sydney triticale breeder, Jeremy Roake.

Known as JRCT 74, the triticale is a spring type, bred by the Grains Research and Development Corporation in a premium grains for livestock program.

Mr Roake said the triticale was developed in conjunction with the Australian pig industry, specifically for monogastric animals.

"Some grains are better for ruminants (cows, sheep) while others suit monogastrics (pigs)," he said.

"Growers of this triticale will be able to sell the grain to the end-user on its true energy value without having to worry about protein levels."

Mr Roake said the triticale offered increased metabolisable energy and less fibre.

"It has resulted in an increased feed-conversion ratio when fed to pigs," he said. "Pig producers want highly energy-efficient grains to reduce their cost structure. Hopefully, these cost-savings will be passed to the grower with improved prices."

Mr Roake said 40 tonnes of seed would be released next year by Waratah Seeds to southern New South Wales growers clustered around major pork producer and processor QAF Industries, at Corowa.

Speaking at a national variety trial field day in southern NSW, Mr Roake said the triticale was acid-soil tolerant and was ideal for northern Victoria and southern NSW.

He said the pig feed market was not small at 70,000-80,000 tonnes a year.

On other new triticales under trial, Mr Roake said a semi-dwarf variety called TSA0219 yielded 10-15 per cent above all other lines in the trials.

He said the variety matured two days later than 'speedee' and would be a late-planting option for growers.

5m Editor