May 21, 2020
by Chakrit Ridmontri – Pig farmers and feedmillers in Thailand have started importing barley from Australia to use in their pig feed rations to offset rising prices of broken rice and feed wheat. Rawat Pokawattana, Managing Director of TWF Group, told Asian Agribiz that the price of broken rice rose 25% year-on-year to USD 406/tonne, making it unaffordable for feedmillers. “Australian barley costs only USD 250/tonne, making it more economical than broken rice and wheat as an energy source in pig feeds,” he said. Mr Rawat said he formulates the pig diet based on published nutritional values provided by Asian Agribiz at the Pig Feed Quality Conference in 2018.