The feed market is a very important part of the barley industry in Saskatchewan. Depending on the year, anywhere between 70 – 80% of Saskatchewan barley production ends up as livestock feed. Barley is a high quality ingredient in livestock rations.
In 2017/18, Canadian feed barley production was approximately 4 million tonnes in 2018, and exports were approximately 450,000 tonnes, a quantity valued at roughly CDN $750 million.
SaskBarley will be working to develop collaborative relationships within the feed and livestock sector to further develop this important end use market.
Alberta Barley and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre have created a comprehensive resource for barley and livestock producers, featuring information and practices of feed barley in animal nutrition.
The guide was created and compiled by Dr. Tim McAllister, principal research scientist of Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology, and Dr. Sarah Meale, post-doctoral researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As part of this work, McAllister and Meale collected knowledge from leading scientists in feed barley breeding, processing and the use of barley as feed in ruminant, swine, poultry and aquaculture production.