The Premium Grains for Livestock Program (PGLP) was established in 1996 as a jointly funded grains and animal industries project. The project arose because of the rapidly increasing demand for grain by the intensive livestock and dairy industries and concern from these industries about a reliable supply of grain meeting quality specifications for their industries. Grain growers had traditionally seen ‘feed grains’ as down graded grains unsuitable for human consumption and were not encouraged to produce grains for livestock because of the lower price frequently obtained. However, much of the ‘feed grain’ available was of insufficient quality for animal industries to meet production specifications and deadlines. Consequently, following several joint industry meetings, the grains and animal industries recognised the opportunity to develop an animal grains industry based on the measurement of quality and appropriate payment for this quality.

PGLP has been funded by the Grains R&D Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Pork Limited, Rural Industries R&D Corporation through the Chicken Meat program, Australian Egg Corporation Limited, Ridley AgriProducts and Dairy Australia.

The principle objectives of PGLP were to:

  • Identify the characteristics of grains that made them most suitable for different forms of animal production.
  • Develop a process, based on the rapid measurement of grain quality, for the rational trading of grains for livestock within Australia which provides just rewards to both the grain growers and livestock producers.

Recent Submissions

  • Australian Cereal Rust Control Program - Wheat and barley breeding support 

    Park, Robert; Singh, Davinder; Ding, Yi; Bariana, Harvans; Roake, Jeremy
    Published 2023-06-28
    This collection includes results of rust screening of advanced breeding lines of bread wheat, barley, and oats with identified rust pathotypes in the greenhouse and in field between 2018 and 2022. Greenhouse rust testing ...
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  • Australian Cereal Rust Control Program - Continued monitoring of cereal rust pathogens in Australia 

    Park, Robert F.; Ding, Yi; Chhetri, Mumta; Singh, Davinder; Cuddy, Will
    Published 2023-06-26
    The GRDC funded survey project monitored national rust pathotype incidence and distribution (changes) through samples received and regular crop inspections for wheat, barley and oats in seven agroecological zones in ...
    Open Access
  • Nutritive value of winter wheat for broiler chickens 

    Hughes, R. J; Acone, L; Zviedrans, P; Choct, M
    Published 2000-01-01
    The nutritive value of Australian winter wheat varieties for broiler chickens was assessed in a series of conventional energy balance studies each of 7-days duration. Across all samples, the mean and standard deviation ...
    Open Access
    Conference paper
  • Quality feed grains: Research highlights and opportunities 

    Black, J. L
    Published 2001-01-01
    The available energy content of cereal grains varies widely both between animal species and between grain cultivars. The Premium Grains for Livestock Program was established to determine the causes of this variation and ...
    Open Access
    Conference paper
  • Feed uses for barley 

    Black, J. L; Tredrea, A. M; Nielsen, S. G; Flinn, P. C; Kaiser, A. G; van Barneveld, R. J
    Published 2005-01-01
    Cereal grains with their high starch content are fed to livestock predominantly as a source of energy for rapid growth or high milk yield and also for subsistence in times of poor pasture availability. Results from the ...
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    Conference paper

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