AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program RD&E Snapshot
As we head into a new research, development and extension (RD&E) period for the Australian chicken meat industry (2022–2027), it is timely to reflect on...
Published: 30 Nov 2009
Author(s): Perez-Maldonado, Rider A, Dr, Rodrigues, Hugh D, Dr
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This RIRDC report provides technical information from the research project on the evaluation of Australian sorghum grains for chicken meat production.
In Australia sorghum is the most promising grain of the low rainfall and poor soil condition regions of north-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales in which 720,000 ha are devoted to sorghum producing 2 million MT/year. About 1/2 million MT of sorghum is utilised by the chicken meat industry due to its availability and lower price. Sorghum represents $7-9 and $18-20 million in savings by replacing wheat or maize in poultry diets respectively. Sorghum grain generates about $150 million/year to the Queensland and Australian economy.
However it has been observed that Sorghum can have a lower feed conversion ratio than wheat costing the chicken meat industry $2-3m/year. This project investigated this reduction in performance of broilers on Sorghum diets.