Imported molasses delivered to graziers in an Australian first

Drought-affected graziers desperate to feed their livestock have taken the unprecedented step of importing molasses all the way from Vietnam.

The sugarcane by-product is a feed supplement that graziers in the region rely on to sustain their livestock during dry periods.

Due to the shortage of Australian molasses, graziers and suppliers have had to turn internationally for supplies.

The 75-tonne shipment is the first of its kind, having been shipped in 25-tonne bladders inside containers.

Mifsud distributors unload a 25-tonne bladder from a shipping container.

Mifsud distributors unload a 25-tonne bladder from a shipping container.

Peter Anderson, Central Queensland elected representative for Agforce and cattle grazier from Kilcummin near Clermont, said he knew graziers in his region could see the end of their molasses supply in sight.

“We’ve had six years of below-average rainfall in this region, so demand was higher than we’ve ever seen before,” he said.

Commercial agricultural importing business, Agri-business, is one of the few importers that have a licence to bring in Vietnamese molasses in bladders.

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This unique shipment had a unique price tag to match — double the usual per-tonne cost for the end user.

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