Climate Clever Beef: options to improve business performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in northern Australia

Steven Bray A G , Dionne Walsh B , David Phelps C , Joe Rolfe D , Kiri Broad C , Giselle Whish E and Michael Quirk F

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Good insight into the practicality of reducing emissions.

What is the problem?

The business industry in Australia occupies large land areas that are probable to impact carbon through carbon sequestration or carbon loss reduction. However, the industry is not attaining the favorable productivity.

This paper entailed several opportunities to improve the GHG emissions performance or the emissions intensity of beef production.

What did the research involve?

This initiative cooperated with beef businesses from six regions in northern Australia. The current performance of businesses was measured and the alternative management were identified and evaluated.

What were the key findings?

● With the variability of 78 people from 35 businesses that respectively manage an approximate 132,0000 cattle in a 1,272,00 hectare, it is found out that the initiative achieved an important producer engagement and collaboration that resulted to adapting and practicing changes.

● Also, specific opportunities for carbon farming are identified to improve the business performance and emissions intensity. However, these opportunities are accorded with risks, trade-offs, and limitations particularly in the business scale, uncertainty in the carbon price, and the response of soil and vegetation to management.

Final comment

Through effective approaches and strategies, reducing emissions, improving emission intensity, carbon sequestration, and adapting efficiently to the beef business engagement and practice change is attainable. This paper did not only highlighted opportunities but also considerations for policymakers.

2016 - Australia - Steven Bray A G , Dionne Walsh B , David Phelps C , Joe Rolfe D , Kiri Broad C , Giselle Whish E and Michael Quirk F
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