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

Australia’s export fodder industry is now worth more than $500 million a year. Its growth has been thanks to a focus on producing high-quality fodder and delivering it to valuable global customers.

With productivity, profitability, and market access and development at its core, the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026) will build on the established foundations to develop a robust and agile industry – ready to embrace challenges and opportunities.

Developed in consultation with the export fodder industry throughout 2021, the Strategic Plan is inclusive, considering of current and future priorities, and blue-sky thinking to ensure the industry is best placed for the next five years and beyond.

The AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026) objectives include:

  • Production of high-quality export-grade fodder
  • Continued access to export markets
  • Supporting innovation across the supply chain
  • Increased adoption of R&D outputs by industry.


Emma Rodham
Manager, Research – Pasture Seeds, Export Fodder, Ginger
0427 347 269

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 2020-21 statement.


Related Publications


National Hay Agronomy Project: 2021 results


National Hay Agronomy Project: 2020 results


AgriFutures Export Fodder Program Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026)


Final report: Improved oat varieties for hay production 2020

Latest News and Events


Meet James Kellaway, the new AgriFutures Export Fodder Advisory Panel Chair

James Kellaway has a long-standing history with Australian agriculture spanning executive and non-executive roles from sheep and beef, to poultry, fruit and vegetables, with experience covering marketing, export market access and development, policy formulation and research, development and extension (RD&E). It’s this experience that stands him in good stead for his new role as the AgriFutures Export Fodder Advisory Panel Chair.   James shared his views on key opportunities for the Australian export fodder industry and how he hopes to help capture these opportunities in his time as Chair of the AgriFutures Export Fodder Advisory Panel. 


Developing an ‘agile’ Export Fodder industry for a sustainable future

Striving for improvements in the yield and nutritional profile of fodder, bolstering on-farm adoption of research and development and equipping the industry to better adjust to changing market conditions. These are just some of the priorities underpinning the AgriFutures Export Fodder Program’s new Strategic RD&E Plan (2021-2026) and its research, development and extension investments for the next five years.