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Online greenhouse gas tools for goats and feedlots

Sheep Central, February 14, 2024

Boer meat goats. Image – MLA

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released online web-based greenhouse gas calculators for feedlot and goat production systems.

Previous version enabled sheep, beef, and grain producers to calculate their baseline carbon emissions by digitising the Sheep and Beef Greenhouse Accounting Framework (SB-GAF) and Grain Greenhouse Accounting Framework (G-GAF) tools.

Now, for the first time, enterprises that include goat and feedlot production systems can also use the tool, as it has integrated the Goat and Feedlot Greenhouse Accounting Frameworks (Go-GAF and F-GAF), MLA said.

The digitised version of the GAF tools is based off the freely available excel versions of the tools available on the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) website to ensure consistency across the sector.

MLA’s environmental sustainability program manager, Dr Margaret Jewell, said completing a carbon account is the first step producers should take to increase their carbon awareness and determine what their net GHG emissions position is.

“This helps them identify strategies to reduce their emissions and improve carbon storage on-farm, which has multiple opportunities, one of which is improved productivity and profitability”, she said.

“A carbon account can be used in on-farm decision making and sets a benchmark to show progress over time.

“Just as financial accounting aids financial decision making and reporting, carbon accounting aids decision making and reporting around how carbon is – or is not – utilised on-farm,” Dr Jewell said.

“The calculator also enables the calculation of an emissions intensity figure and improves on-farm data collection and storage capabilities.”

Dr Jewell said with the introduction of frameworks such as the Science-based Targets Initiative, and the Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosures, reporting of on-farm emissions and emissions intensity for red meat products are likely to be a requirement for market access in the near future and producers need easy to use tools to meet this demand.

MLA has also released the Quick Start Carbon Calculator that allows producers to get a ballpark estimate of their GHG emissions using some basic data points (including livestock numbers, land size, rainfall and plantings).

MLS said the Quick Start Carbon Calculator does not equate to a full emissions calculation, but it is an excellent tool to generate a very quick estimate of emissions, estimate how much soil and tree carbon would be required to offset emissions, and start to consider appropriate emissions reducing activities on farm.

The Quick Start Carbon Calculator has been incorporated into a new eLearning module, Carbon in Action, available on MLA’s website.

The updated full version of the carbon calculator links with the Environmental Credentials for Grassfed Beef Platform, which was developed by an MLA led consortium funded by the Australian Government’s Smart Farms Program. The Environmental Credentials Platform will be officially launched later this year.

Check out the online GHG calculator

Check out the Quick Start Calculator

Source – MLA.


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