Pathways towards carbon neutral grazing systems

The ‘Carbon Neutral Grazier Network’ provides the latest tips and information on positioning your business to take advantage of the rapidly evolving world of environmental markets and certification schemes.

In this webinar recording, the network is proud to have Professor Richard Eckard set the scene for livestock producers by providing an overview of his current research, including:

  • carbon farming and accounting towards carbon neutral agriculture
  • managing extreme climate events
  • options for agriculture to respond to a changing climate.

Richard is a Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (University of Melbourne), a research centre addressing the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture. He is also a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, UK and EU governments, the International Livestock Research Institute and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture.

Listen to Richard in this webinar recording to expand your knowledge and awareness of emissions from livestock systems, carbon farming and progress toward methane abatement options.

You can watch the full recording or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation (42:42; published 30 November 2021 by FutureBeefAu).

Download a copy of the presentation – Pathways towards carbon neutral grazing systems (PDF; 1.98 MB)

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  1. Pathway towards carbon neutral grazing systems
  2. International policy drivers (COP21 Paris Agreement)
  3. Carbon neutral agriculture (Supply chain responses to Paris Agreement)
  4. Industry and market drivers (Livestock industry responses)
  5. Industry and market drivers (Carbon neutral agriculture)
  6. International policy drivers (Border adjustment tariffs)
  7. Carbon farming, Carbon neutral
  8. The carbon cycle in agriculture
  9. Carbon neutral Vs Carbon account
  10. Marketing carbon neutral or carbon account
  11. Why Carbon Neutral? (Typical farm GHG profiles)
  12. What can be done on farm now? (Methane)
  13. Methane from animal production (rumen digestion)
  14. Enteric Methane Abatement (Animal productivity)
  15. Enteric Methane Abatement (Forage quality)
  16. Enteric Methane Abatement (Dietary supplements)
  17. Enteric Methane Abatement (Secondary plant compounds)
  18. Enteric Methane Abatement (Leuceana example)
  19. Enteric Methane Abatement (Irrigated Leuceana example)
  20. Enteric Methane Abatement (Zero Emissions Livestock Production – ZELP)
  21. Enteric Methane Abatement (Coming soon!)
  22. Enteric Methane Abatement (Rumen manipulation)
  23. What can be done on-farm now? (Nitrous oxide)
  24. Options for reducing nitrous oxide loss
  25. Nitrous Oxide Abatement (Livestock urine)
  26. Nitrous Oxide Abatement (Biological Nitrification Inhibitors)
  27. What can done on-farm now? (Soil Carbon)
  28. Loss of soil organic matter
  29. Sequestration – Soil carbon (What determines SOC content?)
  30. Sequestration – Soil carbon (Soil organic matter – benefits)
  31. Sequestration – Soil carbon (Soil organic carbon – challenges)
  32. Sequestration – Soil carbon (Rainfall a key driver)
  33. Sequestration – Soil carbon (What are reasonable rates of change?)
  34. Sequestration – Soil carbon (A new view)