Fodder Crops Five-Year Research and Development Plan 2009–2014

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  • Published: 2 Sep 2009

  • Author(s): Clarke, Michael

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The Fodder Crops Program is managed by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) in consultation with an advisory committee of producers, researchers, exporters and the consumption sectors.

The total value of fodder production is estimated to have averaged $1.4 billion over the five-years to 2006–07 making the Australian fodder industry similar in size to the barley ($1.6 billion), sugar ($1.5 billion) and poultry ($1.5 billion) sectors.

Climate change, reduced availability of irrigation water, increased competition for land from agricultural and non-agricultural users, together with changes in the relative profitability of crops and pastures have resulted in a reshaping of Australian fodder production and use. There is a need for R&D to provide sustainability and profitability in this uncertain landscape to the fodder industry.

This Plan was funded from RIRDC core funds provided by the Australian Government and is an addition to RIRDC’s diverse range of over 1900 research publications. It forms part of the RIRDC Fodder Crops R&D Program which supports the development of quality fodder products and the sustainability and profitability of all sectors in the value chain in both domestic and export markets.