The way Australian grain growers grow, value, and trade feed grains is set to be revolutionised by NIR (Near Infrared Spectrometry) technology, resulting in benefits to grain growers and livestock producers.
NIR technology is able to provide feedback on grain quality and characteristics, enabling the growing of premium feed grains for livestock producers with proven nutritional value.
NIR technology has been in development for a number of years and its potential was first identified as part of the investment in the Premium Grains for Livestock Program (PGLP), a joint investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC ) and animal R&D organisations.
The NIR technology developed in the PGLP has since been enhanced and is now being commercialised by AusScan Australia, a business arm of the Pork CRC.
Leading figures in the grains and livestock sectors recently attended an AusScan Forum in Melbourne to examine the potential of NIR technology. CEO of Pork CRC, Dr Roger Campbell, said that together with the increasing demand for grain by livestock industries, the new NIR technology will enable grains previously rejected because they didn’t meet milling and manufacturing ‘standards’ to be reassessed as potentially commercial feed grains.