Evaluation and positioning of dual purpose cereals for the export hay market

Agrilink Agricultural Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd

  • Project code: PRO-015787

  • Project stage: Current

  • Project start date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

  • Project completion date: Sunday, March 16, 2025

  • National Priority: FCR-Supporting innovation across the supply chain


Expansion of the Australian export hay industry could be achieved by offering a broader suite of premium products. Additional (or alternative) cereals can alleviate production and quality constraints associated with oaten hay. Why produce dual purpose wheat and barley?

  1. Future oat hay production is under threat
    • The relationship between oat hay yield and quality is considered to be negative. Yield is limited because producers feel that the decline in quality outweighs the pursuit of yield. Genetic improvement appears unlikely to alter this in the short term. It is feasible to increase wheat and barley hay yield without the same degree of quality loss.
    • Available weed control technologies, the intolerance of oats to hot and dry conditions, the lack of herbicide options for weed control, the propensity for lodging or panicles that don’t emerge from the boot have restricted oat hay production and are impediments to future production. Diversity could assist supplies of hay.
  2. There is potential for exporters to provide a suite of fodder product to new and emerging markets, diversifying the product offering, and supporting market requirements.
    • Certain quality parameters may only be achievable with wheat or barley hay or when yields are high
    • Outcomes of project PRJ-011946 are positive for dual purpose wheat and barley
  3. Dual purpose cereals are a risk reduction strategy for crop production in Australia
  4. Leaving crops for grain harvest when wet conditions are prevalent or rain is forecast


Export Fodder

Research Organisation

Agrilink Agricultural Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd