Faster growth rates of livestock, improved survival rates and heavier finishing rates are just a few of the methods producers have used to reduce emissions. In fact the Australian beef industry has more than halved greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2005.
The industry is investing in research to further reduce livestock methane emissions and working to protect environmentally sensitive areas like the Great Barrier Reef and minimise energy usage in processing plants.
A lot’s been achieved over the years, but there’s more to do.
In fact, the red meat and livestock industry has set the ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2030 ahead of most other industries in Australia and around the world.
CSIRO analysis shows it’s possible to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by increasing productivity, increasing soil carbon and reducing emissions, without reducing herd and flock numbers.