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Breeding for reduced greenhouse gas intensity of Australian livestock production

This report outlines the nature of the business case and path to market for research into genetic

improvement of ruminants as a tool for reducing enteric methane emissions, and is intended to

inform the development of future strategic and tactical research investments in this area in

Australia. Two approaches are recommended. The first is a short term approach which targets

reductions in greenhouse gas emissions intensity using existing selection criteria, but with use

of new selection indexes that incorporate new weights for methane reducing traits. The long run

approach depends on research to develop new selection criteria for enteric methane emissions

expressed per unit of feed eaten. Commercial drivers for these initiatives would benefit from

integration of genetic strategies into a Carbon Farming Initiative program although consumer

demand captured through vertical supply chains could also be important.​

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