Extracting full value from alternative Australian feed grains for swine (Philippines webinar)

Date: Tuesday 2 February, 2021
Time: 10:30am-12pm (Manila time)
Location: Zoom webinar
Cost: No charge

This webinar is aimed at feed milling managers, feed grain nutritionists, swine husbandry specialists, enzyme users and companies, key importers of feed grain, grain traders supplying feed mills, grain storage and handlers, representatives from scientific organisations and government agencies.

Language: English


Time Activity Presenter/job title/company
10:30am Welcome and Introduction Mary Raynes,

Barley Markets Manager, AEGIC

10:40am Official Opening Mr Christopher Lim

Senior Trade Commission, Philippines, AusTrade

10:50am Production and availability of Australian wheat, barley and sorghum, 2020/21 Mary Raynes,

Barley Markets Manager, AEGIC

11am Extracting full value from alternative Australian feed grains for swine for feed millers and feed nutritionists. Mr Tony Edwards,

Feed Consultant, AEGIC

11:30am Q&A Panel: Nutritional value and merits of using barley in ration formulations for swine


This session will provide opportunity for panels member to provide their knowledge on questions raised by the panel chair or by the webinar participants.


MC – Mr Richard Simonaitis


– Mr Tony Edwards, swine nutritionist technical consultant, AEGIC

– Dr Rommel Sulabo, President, Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionist (PHILSAN)

– Stephanie Nicole Garcia, President of Philippine Association of Feed Millers, Inc (PAFMI)

11:55am Thank you and close Mary Raynes, Barley Markets Manager, AEGIC


Speaker profiles

Mary Raynes
Barley Markets Manager

Mary Raynes is responsible for AEGIC’s barley market insights program.

The program aims to identify the barley quality attributes preferred by customers of Australian barley.  The information gathered from the program assists the Australian grains industry to breed, grow and supply grain that meets the quality requirements of consumers.

Ms Raynes has extensive whole-of-supply chain experience for cereals and pulses crops across the Australian dryland grain production industry and their suitability for export markets.

Her wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Australian grains industry from production to customer requirements has been built from working for Grain Trade Australia, Pulse Australia and the Victorian Government.

Ms Raynes has, with other barley industry stakeholders, recently contributed to improving malting barley access to India.

Tony Edwards
Swine Technical Consultant

Tony Edwards, Swine Technical Consultant, AEGIC

Mr Tony Edwards is an Australian animal nutritionist who has been involved in commercial animal feed, livestock production, research and industry training for the past 45 years.

Tony has held senior positions at several major companies, including Elders and Bunge.

In 1994 Tony established his own consulting business – ACE Livestock Consulting Pty Ltd. He currently consults to approximately one third of the Australian pig industry, as well as clients in New Zealand and Asia.

Tony has acquired broad experience in animal nutrition and production across many species and is highly regarded for his ability to condense research finding into applied practical technology.

Tony has consulted widely throughout Asia (Japan, Korea, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Pakistan) for companies such as DSM, Alltech, Biomin, Dupont and Adisseo. He currently delivers a five-day international course in Pig Nutrition and Management for the Progressus Group out of Ketasart University, Thailand and regularly contributes to the Pig Feed Quality Conference run by Asian Agribusiness Media Pty Ltd.

Christopher Lim
Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner

Mr Christopher Lim has recently been appointed Senior Trade Commission, Philippines in January 2021.

Prior to joining the AusTrade Philippines team Mr Lim was Consul-General in Chengdu, China.

Mr Lim is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas as Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, with earlier postings to Washington and Singapore. In Canberra, Mr Lim served as Director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Section and the US Political and Strategic Section. He has also worked in the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Lim holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT University.

Richard Simonaitis

Richard Simonaitis has broad experience in export-focused commodities industries, having worked in logistics and product quality roles in the iron ore industry and in senior management roles in the grain industry across logistics, operations and marketing and trading.

Richard has a track record of leading teams and effecting change by fostering an effective and high performing culture. With the CBH Group, Richard led the national Accumulations Team for five years. He has a strong understanding of grain growers, the grains industry across Australia and of the markets Australian grain is sold into.

Richard also has international experience developing a number of grain infrastructure projects in Indonesia.

Richard is a former Chairperson of the Country High Schools Hostels Authority, an inaugural board member of the Australian Grains Institute capacity building project, a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Graduate Certificate in Business with the University of Western Australia. He is on the Grain Trade Australia Trade and Market Access Committee, the Wheat Quality Australia Wheat Classification Council and is part of the Grains Industry Market Access Forum.

Dr Rommel C. Sulabo
President, Philippine Society of Animal Nutritionist (PHILSAN)

Dr. Sulabo is a professor of monogastric nutrition and the Director of the Institute of Animal Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He received his bachelors degree in Animal Science majoring in poultry nutrition from UPLB, MS in swine nutrition at South Dakota State University, USA as a Fulbright and Revell scholar and his PhD in swine nutrition at Kansas State University, USA. He then obtained his postdoctorate with two globally respected swine nutrition research groups; the K-State Applied Swine Nutrition Team at Kansas State University and the Hans Stein Monogastric Nutrition Laboratory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

His research and extension program at UPLB focus on applied monogastric nutrition with emphasis on feed ingredient evaluation. Current research includes development of dynamic approaches in estimating nutritional value of conventional feed ingredients, precision feeding systems, evaluation of novel feedstuffs, and feed additive research. He has collaborated extensively with stakeholders of the livestock industry to get producers access to the latest information and to adopt what works for their operation to improve their profitability.

He has received numerous national awards, including the National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientist in 2014, the 2019 Philippine Society of Animal Science (PSAS) Distinguished Researcher in Animal Science, 2018 PSAS-Philippine Foremost Milling Corp. Outstanding Teacher in Animal Science and the 2017 PSAS-Philchema Inc. Outstanding Animal Nutritionist. Now in his 7th year at UPLB, he has served as major adviser of 15 PhD and 60 masters students in monogastric nutrition.

Stephanie Nicole Garcia
President, President of Philippine Association of Feed Millers

Ms. Garcia is the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Management Services Director of Vitarich Corporation. She directs and monitors compliance of the departments to the established production and quality parameters. She oversees efficient operations, allocates funds and negotiates contracts and prices as well.

Prior to Vitarich, Ms. Garcia worked as a Store Manager at Le Pain Quotidien, an international chain of café-style restaurants, specializing in bakery items. Early on, she held a front desk position at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. She holds a degree in International Hospitality Management from Glion Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Glion Hotels School), a private, university-level Swiss hotel management school in Switzerland.

Ms. Garcia joined Vitarich in October, 2003. She has vast experience in supply chain from farm to dinner plate, managing restaurants locally and abroad, suppliers’ audit as well as operational audit. She was part of the Vitarich nutrition training team of BOCM Pauls of England. She is a third generation family member of the forerunners of the integrated poultry and commercial feeds company. She is actively involved in the rehabilitation of the organization and now assisting in the expansion and growth of the company.

In February 2020, she was elected President of Philippine Association of Feed Millers, Inc.

More information

The Australian grains industry values our relationships with feed millers, feed nutritionists, and the enzymes industry in the Philippines, and we invite you to a webinar on extracting full value from alternative Australian feed grains for swine.

This webinar will involve an overview of the 2020/21 availability and production of Australian grains, including wheat, barley and sorghum. A keynote technical presentation will include insights into alternative feed grain substitution for swine, comparing their nutritional value and optimizing enzyme use, in addition to calculating shadow pricing for feed rations.

A “question and answer” panel session will include discussion on the nutritional value and merits of using barley in ration formulations for swine. Additional topics will include the economic factors impacting decision making for feed formulations, storage and handling of grains, dealing with barley’s energy levels compared to other feed grains, taking advantage of amino acids, and extracting the full value of fibre compounds of barley.