A Feasibility Study of the Area Use Royalty System for Fodder Crops in the United Kingdom

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The National Oat Breeding program each year releases new and improved varieties and growers readily adopt these varieties and benefit from the genetic improvement. Through our commercial partner the Australian Exporters Company (AEXCO), the owners collect royalties on export oat hay production but not so on domestic production (estimated to comprise 40 to 50% of total production). Therefore we are only capturing royalties on less than 20% of total oat hay fodder production.
Chris Green, a Director of Green Resources UK has successfully developed and implemented an Area Use Royalty Collection Scheme (AURCS)  in the UK. This study trip was to visit the UK to gain information which may be useful in implementing a similar system in Australia.

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