LUPINS can be used as a direct replacement for soya, says Mr Milford. He expects the crop, which should yield 4-5t/ha of 40% protein seed with a soya-like amino acid profile, to make big inroads into current EU soya imports of about 30m tonnes. Domestic soya imports of 2m tonnes will give UK growers the chance to compete in a £350m/yr market, he adds.
"The primary use is likely to be for animal feed compounding. That is where the volume is," he explains. But the crops good protein profile coupled with high quality dietary fibre means it could suit human consumption markets too, he adds.
Some 2000ha of the crop is already being grown in Germany.