Cutting livestock methane emissions through nitrate supplements (B.CCH.6450)
The livestock industry produces approximately 10 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions. Most of these emissions come from methane which is produced by the natural digestion process of cattle and sheep.
Research undertaken by The University of New England
What are we doing?
This project is developing the science underpinning nitrate supplementation to assure this becomes a safe, sure and commercially attractive methane mitigation technology by June, 2015. Intensive study of how nitrate supplements react in the stomachs of livestock will be undertaken to optimise their efficacy and safety. Impact of nitrate supplements on animal productivity will be assessed for cattle and sheep eating temperate pastures. Large demonstrations of nitrate feeding will be supported elsewhere for cattle.