November 12, 2008


New triticale variety to benefit pig production

A new triticale variety due for release next year may benefit pig producers in Australia and even worldwide.


Known as JRCT 74, the triticale is a spring variety specifically for monogastric animals.


The triticale offers increased metabolisable energy and less fibre, resulting in a higher feed conversion rate when fed to pigs, according to University of Sydney's triticale breeder Jeremy Roake.


Roake said the triticale is acid-soil tolerant and is ideal for northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.


Pig producers want highly energy-efficient grains to reduce their cost structure and hopefully the cost-savings brought by the new triticale variety will be passed to the producer with improved prices, Roake said.


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


Waratah Seeds will release 40 tonnes of seeds next year to southern New South Wales growers clustered around major pork producer and processor QAF Industries at Corowa, said Roake.


On other new triticales under trial, a semi-dwarf variety called TSA0219 yielded 10-15 percent higher than all other lines in the trials. The variety matured two days later than speedee and would be a late-planting option for producers.


JRCT 74 is developed by Roake in conjunction with the Australian pig industry, and bred by the Grains Research and Development Corporation in a premium grains for livestock programme.
Triticale is a grain hybrid of wheat and rye.
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