WHAT’S ON THE WAY
Research trials have shown that seaweed for livestock feed can reduce emissions from livestock by more than 80%. This is a potentially world-changing discovery, so we’re investing to fast-track development and deployment of seaweed and other livestock feed technologies.
Reducing livestock impact which accounts for around 10% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
We’re quantifying emissions reduction and productivity benefits with $6 million investment.
We’re fast-tracking delivery of feed supplements to grazing animals with $23 million investment.
POTENTIAL CLIMATE MITIGATION IMPACTS? UNPRECEDENTED.
- Methane from livestock is a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
- Emissions from cattle, sheep and other livestock account for around 10% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Feedlot trials showed that seaweed supplements in livestock feed can massively reduce emissions.
When livestock consume feed supplements containing certain seaweeds, a bioactive compound interrupts a process in an animal’s gut and prevents the formation of methane. Further research to quantify emissions reduction and productivity benefits of feed technologies, including those containing seaweed, is underway.
If results continue to support findings to date, the potential climate mitigation impacts from including seaweed in livestock feed are unprecedented.
Learn how CSIRO, Meat and Livestock Australia and James Cook University made this potentially world-changing discovery.
FUTUREFEED SEAWEED FOR LIVESTOCK FEED
Red seaweed (‘Asparagopsis’) is a feed supplement that reduces the production of methane by more than 80% and has the potential to increase livestock productivity.
How seaweed for livestock feed could revolutionise the livestock industry.