Studying the impact of forage plantations on greenhouse gas emissions (B.CCH.6510)
Under the Reducing Emissions from Livestock Research Program (2008–2012) studies demonstrated that livestock that were fed Leucaena, a long-lived forage tree, produced fewer methane emissions. Further research into this area is required.
Research undertaken by CSIRO
What are we doing?
This project is measuring the greenhouse gas reduction of irrigated and non-irrigated Leucaena cattle feeding systems compared to native pastures on two commercial cattle properties in northern Australia. It’s also monitoring the microbial changes that underpin the reductions in methane using different levels of Leucaena.