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How much water does it take to produce 1kg of beef?

Over the past five years, livestock producers have reduced the water used in raising beef cattle by more than 5% to average 486 litres per liveweight kg. Since 1985 the industry has achieved a 65% reduction.

Factors contributing this reduction in water use include:

  • a reduction in irrigation for pasture production
  • capping free flowing artesian bores to reduce evaporative losses
  • genetic and breeding programs to increase growth rates.

Since 2017 the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework has tracked industry water efficiency and other key environmental metrics. Progress, performance and trends are reported their Annual update.

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