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.

Funding

In 2016, the Australian government approved an Export Fodder R&D Levy of $0.50/tonne on all exported fodder to support ongoing research and development. The program is funded by statutory levies paid by industry participants. Up to half of program expenditure, including R&D expenditure, is matched by the Australian Government at up to 0.5% of industry GVP.

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.

Program news

Contact

John Smith
Senior Manager, Research
0437 179 359
John.Smith@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.

AgriFutures Australia receives the Research & Development levy allocation to invest in line with the industry objectives of the Five Year Research & Development Plan. Up to half of program expenditure, including R&D expenditure, is matched by the Australian Government at up to 0.5% of industry GVP. The graphs below represent the levy breakdown and the annual Program investment inclusive of levy, government and any third party contributions.

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

 *Financials are accurate as at 1 February 2019 and subject to change.

Related Publications

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Export Fodder Five year RD&E Plan 2016-2021

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Future Proofing Fodder Quality Analysis For Australia

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Economic Evaluation of Investment in the Fodder Crops R&D Program

19.09.13

Focus on Fodder Crops Research and Development

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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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Latest News and Events

14.10.19

Applications Open: AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program Advisory Panel

AgriFutures Australia is seeking applications from individuals representing export companies, who have a passion for/interest in RD&E, to fill two panel member positions within the AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program Advisory Panel.

25.09.19

Koorabup oats to open areas to hay production in WA

A new oats variety with improved disease resistance is set to open up new areas to hay production in Western Australia.