The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program aims to invest in RD&E that harnesses leading edge technologies to develop competitive advantage in export fodder markets.

Key components of the program

Key components of this program include further developing the Oaten Hay Breeding program, continuing to grow hay production, and ensuring that export fodder meets importing country requirements with regards to chemical residue.

About the industry

Export fodder includes a wide range of crop and pasture species that are grown, harvested and lightly processed for both on-farm use and export. Export fodder production includes hay and silage of all types (pasture, cereal, lucerne, clover and others), chaff (coarsely chopped dried whole plants), vetch and pelletised feed.

Around one third of all Australian commercial scale farms (38,000 properties) make hay each year.

For more than 25 years, the Australian export fodder industry has supplied forage to countries around the world. Key export markets include Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

Swinging production volume trends and volatility in weather during curing and storage from season to season places an emphasis on research and development to address the risks and provide mitigation measures for farmers. The industry has focused strongly on addressing market requirements, establishing new markets and developing a high quality product.

 

Industry Advisory Panel 

AgriFutures Australia is committed to working with industry to deliver research and development outcomes. We work in partnership with advisory panels to decide on research priorities and to make investment decisions each year.

RD&E plan

The RD&E objectives were developed by the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) in consultation with fodder exporters. As the entire fodder industry derives a benefit from industry research and development, the domestic industry is a valuable end-user of the program.

The consultation process to establish the Export Fodder R&D Levy took place during 2014 and 2015 and included industry meetings and workshops, a communications and awareness campaign, online information and the dissemination of discussion papers outlining the levy process.

The Export Fodder RD&E objectives for 2016-2021 include:

  • Oaten Hay Breeding program
  • Hay agronomy
  • Chemical usage integrity
  • Fodder analysis
  • Animal nutrition research
  • Biosecurity research
  • Work health and safety.

Contact

Emma Hand
Manager, Research – Pasture Seeds, Export Fodder, Ginger
0427 347 269
emma.hand@agrifutures.com.au

Industry Associations

About your levy

Australian primary industries that choose to invest in the levies system prescribe the amount of levy or charge applied to a commodity under the Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1999Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999, National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998 and the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Act 1998.

Levy and charge revenue can be directed to biosecurity preparedness and emergency plant pest and animal disease responses, residue testing, marketing and research and development. It is the decision of a primary industry to determine the proportion of how a levy or charge is directed to each of these activities.

The Levy is collected and distributed via the Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment website.

AgriFutures Australia also receives Commonwealth matching funding based on 0.5% of the aggregate GVP of all AgriFutures Australia’s levied industries (Arena 3) or half of AgriFutures Australia’s eligible expenditure – whichever is the lesser. This includes expenditure in non-levied industries Arenas 1, 2 and 4 irrespective of their funding source.

 

AgriFutures Australia’s Board allocates the Commonwealth matching funding to each levied industry program. The respective programs will receive 50c per dollar of eligible expenditure (subject to availability of Commonwealth matching funding).

The total program budget comprises of the R&D levy allocation, Commonwealth matching funding (allocated by the AgriFutures Australia Board) and third party contributions (where appropriate). The graphs below represent the levy breakdown and the annual Program investment.

View the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program income and expenditure for 2019-20 statement.

 

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Improved Oat Varieties for Hay Production 19-20

Related Resources

AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update Vol.2 No.2

Program updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update Vol.2 No.1

Program updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update Vol.1 No.5

Program updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update Vol.1 No.4

Program updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update April 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update January 2019

Project updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Industry Update November 2018

Project updates from our AgriFutures Export Fodder Program.

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Export Fodder Five year RD&E Plan 2016-2021

In 2016, the Australian government approved an Export Fodder R&D Levy of $0.50 per tonne on all exported fodder to support ongoing research and development.

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