Environmental management


Australian red meat producers have primary responsibility for stewardship of approximately 50% of Australia's land area. 

Australian livestock production systems are among the most efficient and sustainable in the world, with much of the production based on natural pasture systems on about 3.6 million square kilometres or 46% of Australia's land area (BRS 2005-06 data for land use in Australia).

The red meat industry operates on a principle of continuous improvement in triple bottom line performance and is always looking for ways to improve environmental sustainability. 

MLA has invests in research and development projects to address a range of issues relating to environmental sustainability. These activities will help producers meet the challenges of an increasingly demanding regulatory environment and growing consumer expectations. 

Farm300

Farm300 is an initiative to assist Australian livestock producers increase on-farm productivity and profitability while decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity from livestock production.

Sustainable grazing - a producer resource was developed as part of Farm300 to provide information on managing practices that can increase productivity and reduce GHG emissions.

Farm300 is funded by the Australian Government, and managed by MLA in partnership with the Australian Farm Institute, Australian Wool Innovation and Dairy Australia.
Droughts and floods

Natural disasters including droughts and floods can severely impact upon livestock production and enterprise management.


MLA has a range of information available for producers experiencing or expecting drought conditions.

Biodiversity

Ensuring biodiversity - a variety of animals (including livestock), plants, insects and microorganisms - can help producers capitalise on environmental or management variations on the farm.


Working with these systems and making better use of naturally occurring species gives producers a better chance of maintaining viability over the longterm, and increasing property values.

Climate champion

Why sustainability matters

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In this video, Rabobank's Head of Sustainable Business Development Marc Oostdijk and Phil Cohn, RAMP Carbon explain the push-pull factors driving the need to act on climate variability and shifts in livestock production globally.

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