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SURPLUS GRAIN IN WA BEING SNAPPED UP BY FEEDLOT INDUSTRY

LOT FEED INDUSTRY IN WA KEEN TO ABSORB STATES SURPLUS GRAIN

THE State’s excess supply of new season feed wheat and barley is being quickly snapped up by the WA lotfeeding industry.

During the season CBH comprehensively tested grain for falling numbers which CBH grain quality manager Mat Regan said saved hundreds of thousands of tonnes from automatically ending up in the feed stack.

But Wheatbelt farmers still delivered about a million tonnes of feed grade wheat to CBH this season, sparking grower concern about whether domestic or international markets would buy it for a respectable price.

“I thought there would have been far more feed quality grain around this season but falling numbers machines helped to save much of it,” Mr Regan said.

“About half the 1mt of Feed delivered has already been nominated, meaning there is quite a demand for it.”

And for those growers who stored their Feed grade harvest on-farm this year, with a view to sell it privately, the prospects also looked good.

Borden lotfeeder Paul O’Meehan and his feedlot manager Brett Page hadn’t yet bought high volumes of feed for the 2000 head of Angus cross cattle in their yards.

With about 4000 tonnes of wheat harvested from the O’Meehan’s own property stored on-farm, there hadn’t been the need to supplement stocks.

But with roughly 10,000t of feed needed to go through the troughs by the time their 2000 head finished 60 days in the feedlot, Mr Page wasn’t worried about finding good quality feed grain.

“By all accounts there is a fair bit of it around,” he said.

“We haven’t received as many direct phone calls as I thought we might have but I’m not worried about finding supplies once ours start to go down.”

Mr Page said heavy grain with low screenings was optimal for the feedlot and higher protein grain with higher moisture specifications than CBH’s receival standards was also advantageous.

Grainfed beef turned off from the enterprise were predominantly fed on a diet of tempered wheat, barley, lupins, oaten hay, straw and silage depending on the season.

The O’Meehan’s annual feed grain purchases can be upward of 6000t of barley and wheat.

January 16th, 2012
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