One brewery’s waste is a dairy farmer’s stock feed

Here at Lion we’re committed to supporting our farmers and the Australian dairy industry. And we’re also committed to reducing and reusing the waste in our supply chain. Which is why we created our By-Products Program, an initiative that allows our dairy farmers to access grain leftover from the brewing process for stockfeed at competitive rates.

The grain is sourced from local Lion breweries within Australia and sold to our farmers as feed. As part of a balanced diet, brewers’ grain can help increase milk output, enhance fat and protein composition, and improve farm productivity. All good news for farmers, cows and consumers.

The By-Products Program has proven popular with our dairy farmers, who credit it with helping to create more competitive pricing of brewers’ grain in the market, as well as giving them easier access to feed. And because the grain is full of nutrients, it has improved the quality of overall stock feed.

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"(Accessing grain) has certainly helped us and really improved the quality and the digestibility of the diet. This is a real win-win situation because Lion farmers have the potential to send more milk into the Lion factory." Lion Dairy Supplier and Scenic Rim farmer, Duncan McInnes

Currently, the program is available to Lion’s dairy suppliers in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, with grain supplied from local breweries in each state. Our dairy farmers in NSW can also access citrus pulp – a by-product from our juice manufacturing site in Leeton.

While the volume of grain and pulp currently available is relatively modest, we’re confident that we can continue to offer meaningful benefit to more and more farmers, and in time expand our overall offering. We have plans to extend the program to our farmers in Tasmania.

“The competitive price Lion is now offering on grain has reduced costs of production by over 3c per litre on my farm, and supported an increase in productivity.” Lion Dairy Supplier and Sunshine Coast farmer, Darrin Grevitt