Carbon-neutral wool farming in south-eastern Australia
Natalie A Doran-Browne, John Ive, Phillip Graham, Richard J Eckard
ANIMAL PRODUCTION SCIENCE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2016
Ruminant livestock production generates higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) compared with other types of farming. Therefore, it is desirable to reduce or offset those emissions where possible. Although mitigation options exist that reduce ruminant GHGE through the use of feed management, flock structure or breeding management, these options only reduce the existing emissions by up to 30% whereas planting trees and subsequent carbon sequestration in trees and soil has the potential for livestock emissions to be offset in their entirety. Trees can introduce additional co-benefits that may increase production such as reduced salinity and therefore increased pasture production, shel..View full abstract
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This work was supported by Dairy Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. The authors are grateful for assistance provided by Chris Taylor.