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Malted barley waste, a sustainable feedstock for cattle

Elders Kangaroo Island stock agent, Stuart Were has teamed up with Charlie Schmidt, head distiller at Kangaroo Island Spirits, to feed his Speckle Park cattle malted barley waste from the distillery and it’s a win-win situation – for the environment and the herd.

Charlie Schmidt, master distiller at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

This week our evokeAG contributor, Ken Eastwood interviews two interesting characters from Kangaroo Island, South Australia, who have formed a partnership that’s benefiting both their businesses and the environment.

The first is Charlie Schmidt, head distiller at Kangaroo Island Spirits, who has overseen the rapid growth of the distillery – with a focus on making it more sustainable. The second is Elders stock agent Stuart Were, who has a small cattle operation on the island. He has begun feeding his cattle the waste malted barley from the distillery, preventing it from going to landfill.

The cows are loving it, and it’s set to offer multiple benefits for the environment, including reducing methane emissions by livestock.

Stuart Were

Stuart Were, Kangaroo Island Elders stock agent feeding his Speckle Park cattle whiskey grain waste from Kangaroo Island Spirits.

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