Lupins are Australia‘s largest pulse (grain legume) crop and Australia is the world’s largest exporter of lupins. The majority of production occurs in Western Australia, although lupins are widely grown in Victoria , South Australia and New South Wales. Narrow leafed lupin grain contains 30 to 35% protein, with a high energy and fibre content, making it a valued stock feed for sheep and cattle. Lupins are also used extensively in pig and poultry rations.
Western Australia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of lupins with the majority exported as animal feed to the European Union, Japan and Korea – delivering the State about $65 million in export earnings in 2011–12.