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Why pork producers should consider the value of triticale

Pluske, J.M. and Pluske, J.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-7194-2164 (2013) Why pork producers should consider the value of triticale. In: Manipulating Pig Production XIV. Proceedings of the 14th Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Biennial Conference, 24 - 27 November, Melbourne, Australia p. 119.

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In Australia, the triticale price is generally established through negotiation in a specific market as opposed to other grains where price is less obscure, for example, published as daily and forecast prices. Mostly, grain growers are price takers so may consider market price history and forecasts when deciding to grow a particular crop. In the case of triticale where such information can be difficult to obtain, uncertainty associated with price and a reliable market can result in grain growers selecting alternative crops. One way to reduce price risk associated with triticale is to link its price to wheat. There is evidence in the literature (e.g., Beltranean et al., 2008) that suggests that when triticale is substituted for wheat in a diet, pigs do not reduce their feed intake or weight gain, and feed efficiency may improve. There may be reason therefore for the triticale price to be equivalent to the price of wheat (whatever grade is available to pork producers) because pork producers may not be worse off if they buy eiilier. However, most often in Australia, pork producers expect to pay a lower price for triticale than wheat.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Australasian Pig Science Association
Copyright: © Australasian Pig Science Association 2013
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