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Imported feed grain expected to ease shortages

by 5m Editor
30 October 2006, at 10:45am

AUSTRALIA - The Federal Government expects the first imports of feed grain for livestock to arrive in Australia in January to ease looming shortages.

More than 40 import applications are being assessed from companies wanting to fill shortfalls caused by the drought.

Biosecurity Australia officers are making the first assessments of wheat, maize and sorghum in the UK, Canada and the UK.

But Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran says the imports are not likely to make a major difference in prices.

"It's a question of balance that we have a million cattle in feedlots at present and of course the dairy, pig meat and chicken industries are terribly dependent on grain," he said.

Source: Abc Rural

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