Modelling greenhouse gas emissions abatement options for beef and sheep farm businesses

Tomlinson, Adam and Keogh, Mick and Glass, Roderick and Cotter, Julie (2013) Modelling greenhouse gas emissions abatement options for beef and sheep farm businesses. Other monograph. Australian Farm Institute , Sydney, Australia. [Report]


The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), introduced by the Australian Government in 2011, has been developed to provide an opportunity for Australian farmers to undertake greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement projects on farm, and to generate revenue from the sale of carbon credits generated by such projects. While a substantial research effort is underway to better understand the technologies and management systems that may be available for farm businesses to abate GHG, only very limited research has been carried out on the financial implications of the adoption of these options, especially when integrated into a multi-enterprise farm business, and especially over the long timeframes that will be associated with sequestration options.
Using a comparative case study approach, this project developed marginal abatement cost curves (MACC) for specific farm enterprises so that comparisons could be made between similar farms within a geographic region, and between different production regions. This preliminary analysis identified that six key areas of the farm management scenarios assessed have the potential to consistently reduce overall farm GHG emissions with four of these main scenarios also providing a positive financial return. The four main scenarios include faster beef cattle turn off, changing the enterprise mix, improving beef cattle genetics and implementing earlier weaning.

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Additional Information: © Australian Farm Institute 2013. Research commissioned by Meat and Livestock Australia. This publication is protected by copyright laws. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without the written permission of the publisher.
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 23:13
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 04:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon credits; Australia; farmers; greenhouse gases
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3003 Animal production > 300399 Animal production not elsewhere classified
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380101 Agricultural economics
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919901 Carbon and Emissions Trading

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