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Initiative 12

Investigating the role of nitrate salts in cutting methane emissions (B.CCH.6440)

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 Ridley AgriProducts Pty Ltd

What are we doing?

This project aims to determine if nitrate salts in supplement blocks can safely replace urea and deliver an effective dose to reduce the methane emissions of cattle consuming forages typical of northern Australia without negatively impacting on grazing distribution and the landscape. This project will demonstrate whether nitrate supplement blocks are a safe, effective and economically viable way for farmers to cut methane emissions from their stock.

Timing:

July 2015

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