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National Livestock Methane Program - National Needs and Gaps Analysis

This report is an agreed output for MLA as manager of the National Livestock Methane Program (NLMP). The program had the twin objectives of researching new ways to mitigate methane production and at the same time increase or maintain productivity of ruminant systems in Australia. This Needs and Gaps report has looked at research to date and recommends opportunities for future research investment using criteria for a range of on farm practices.

The methods used for the Needs and Gaps analysis involved:

  1. evaluation of the research outcomes from relevant projects within and outside NLMP for reducing methane emissions form ruminants;

  2.  identifying the likely magnitude of methane emissions reduction from different methane mitigation practices;

  3.  identifying the likely effect of each practice on animal productivity;

  4. considering the barriers to adoption or commercialisation for each practice and its likely costs of implementation;

  5. evaluating the technical risk, chances of the research succeeding and possibilities of a 'quantum leap' in the development of a new and productive technology;

  6.  assessing the time required for additional research to be implemented on-farm and its likely cost; and

  7. assessing the capability of the practice for underpinning Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) methodologies for implementation by producers.



Title Size Date published
1.0MB 14/12/2015


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
National Livestock Methane Program
28/06/2012 02/11/2015

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