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Published on Jan 31, 2012
We're working with farmers, industry and other researchers, to explore how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in livestock industries while increasing productivity.
Almost 70% of the Australian agriculture sector's emissions come from livestock (including cattle, sheep, goats and pigs).
This video shows how our researchers are studying cattle methane emissions to help farmers and land managers understand how they can reduce them.
Using dietary and gut microbe improvements, high-tech measurement technology and different stock management methods, scientists hope to establish cheap and simple methods to reduce livestock methane emissions and improve productivity.
This research is part of our effort to help Australia reduce the causes of climate change and adapt to future climate conditions. It was funded by CSIRO, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
Footage for this video was contributed by MLA and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).