Australian Feed Grain Partnership
The Feed Grain Partnership (FGP) was established in 2007 to integrate and identify collaborative Research and Development (R&D) initiatives across participating R&D funding agencies involved with the feed grain and livestock supply chain.
Participating R&D funding agencies (Members of the FGP):
The Research, Development and Extension Program of AECL invests in the egg industry on behalf of egg producers, the government, and the community as a whole. The goal is to explore and improve efficiency, sustainability, egg quality, education and technology transfer in the Australian egg industry.
In the areas of nutrition, feed and grain availability and utilisation, AECL maintains a close working relationship with both Chicken Meat R&D and the Poultry CRC as detailed in the National Poultry Research, Development and Extension strategy.
MLA provides research and development services to cattle, sheep and goat producers and the broader red meat industry. Under the program enhancing competitiveness and sustainability, MLA funds R&D work looking at increasing cost efficiency and productivity – on farm. This area includes work relating to grazing and grain fed beef production.
MLA works with ALFA in defining research projects that include feedlot cattle feeding such as grain utilisation.
The GRDC's mission is to invest in R&D for the greatest benefit to its stakeholders – grain growers and the Australian Government. The GRDC invests in research, development and extension for 25 leviable crops, many of which are used in feed rations by livestock industries. The major grains used for animal feed are wheat, barley and sorghum.
GRDC investment to support feed grain includes pre-breeding, breeding, on-farm management practices and new products.
The Australian pork industry National Research, Development & Extension Strategy defines how APL and the Pork CRC work in providing R&D for the industry.
Since the formation of the Pork CRC, APL has directed the conduct of R&D in the areas of nutrition and feed grains to the Pork CRC. The R&D programs of the Pork CRC have outcomes that are:
- Reduced production costs for high quality pork through more reliable and consistent protein and energy supplies via innovative grain production, co-product utilisation and quality assessment;
- Reduced production costs for high quality pork through improved herd feed conversion efficiency.
RIRDC manages the Chicken Meat R&D Program on behalf of the chicken meat industry. A significant priority identified for the work of the Program is to improve the efficiency and productivity of chicken meat production through improved feed management and nutrition. Ongoing R&D objectives include improving feed conversion rates in meat chickens and identifying new and cost effective feed sources for the Australian chicken meat industry.
Dairy Australia conducts R&D throughout the dairy supply chain, identifying the opportunities that give farmers and the industry the best return-on-investment.
Work in dairy cow nutrition and grain utilization fit within the Feedbase and Nutrition portfolio in the pre farm gate R&D program. A significant proportion of levy investment funds go into research aimed at improving farm profitability through feed base development. In response to increased climate variability, reduced availability of water and pressure to increase productivity, dairy farmers in Australia are now using an increasing proportion of feed grains to complement forage and pasture intake in many dairy feeding systems. The Feedbase program within Dairy Australia undertakes RD&E activities to help dairy farmers to more effectively incorporate feedgrains into their selected feeding system.
Represents the SFMCA has no R&D levy funding and does not conduct R&D in feed grains. The largest feed companies are active in funding their own R&D project work. Where appropriate these companies work actively with the R&D funding bodies to support feedgrain research.
The Partnership was formed to bring together the R&D organisations that are involved in the Australian feedgrain industry so that a whole of supply chain R&D strategy could be developed with industry guidance, and the resources of the respective R&D agencies being integrated to implement this strategy.
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.