The Pork Cooperative Research Center (CRC) was launched in late 2005 and has a number of key outcomes. The one linked to the PBI is the reduced production costs for high quality pork through more reliable and consistent protein and energy supplies via innovative grain production, co-product utilization and quality assessment.
There are four major programs set up within the Pork CRC and PBI has two projects in Program 1 Securing more reliable and consistent supplies of protein and energy for pig diets.
The two projects involve cereal and pulses being bred by the PBI and include:
- Improved Triticale Production through breeding and agronomy led by Jeremy Roake and Prof. Richard Trethowan
- Peas for a more reliable protein supply to the Pork Industry in the North led by Steve Moore from our Narrabri Institute.
A number of varieties have been released by the PBI with these projects, Field pea varieties Maki and Yarrum available from AGT and the triticale variety Berkshire sold by Waratah Seeds Co Ltd.