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Moving towards carbon neutrality webinar

10 May 2021

Key points:

  • The ‘moving towards carbon neutrality’ webinar will be held on 12 May 2021
  • Explore ground-breaking research from the inventor of the methane inhibitor 3-NOP, Dr Maik Kindermann.

Increasing consumer concern in greenhouse gas (GHG) contributions from cattle is pushing the livestock industry to continue to improve their sustainability goals. But a new feed supplement being tested in MLA research at the University of New England may just change the narrative.

The supplement is called 3-NOP (Bovaer®, DSM Nutritional Products) and tests show it can reduce the amount of methane cattle emit.

3-Nop inventor, Dr Maik Kindermann, of DSM Nutritional Products will introduce UNE researcher Dr. Amelia De Almeida’s ground-breaking research and insights at an Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) workshop webinar funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) on Wednesday.

MLA Feedlot Program Manager, Dr Joe McMeniman, said the webinar would provide the latest information available on moving towards carbon neutrality and talk about the opportunities for the feedlot industry.

“It’s a great opportunity to share Amelia’s ground-breaking research with the industry as the conversation around carbon neutrality and carbon neutral brands remains front of mind for producers and consumers,” Dr McMeniman said.

“Another key session will be North Australian Pastoral Company’s (NAPCo) Manager of genetics and nutrition, Darryl Savage, talking about their approach to decreasing the carbon footprint of the industry.

ALFA CEO, Christian Mulders, said the Australian feedlot industry was a proactive, forward-thinking sector that supports initiatives that assist in the long-term sustainability of the industry.

“Our webinars aim to improve the feedlot industry’s operating environment and enable operators to continually improve, adopt, innovate, and contribute to the profitability, vibrancy, and sustainability of the red meat sector,” Mr Mulders said.

“Commercially there is growing interest from supply chains in carbon neutrality and sustainability credentials during both production and processing. Industry has also set a strategic goal in Red Meat 2030 to move to carbon neutrality by 2030.

The carbon neutrality webinar brings together technical experts to inform lot feeders about what constitutes the carbon footprint of a feedlot, how to calculate it, and what they can to in their operations to reduce or offset carbon emissions.

“A new guide, developed by MLA, will also be launched at the event to assist lot feeders in understanding carbon neutrality information and opportunities.”