Red Meat to go carbon neutral

Westridge Plaza - several shops were broken into on Sunday night, Westridge Meats manager Sam Moon. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Westridge Plaza - several shops were broken into on Sunday night, Westridge Meats manager Sam Moon. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

A carbon-neutral red meat industry by 2030 is next on the agenda for Meat and Livestock Australia.

And it won't require "the heavy hand of regulation".

MLA boss Richard Norton announced the plan at the MLA AGM in Alice Springs today, saying Australia could be the first nation to accomplish the challenge.

"In Europe there have been calls for carbon taxes on red meat," Mr Norton said.

"Remember, 70 per cent of our red meat ends up in global markets. These consumers are in the nations that are banning petrol and diesel cars by 2040."

MLA has commissioned CSIRO to find out how the red meat industry - both producers and processors - could become carbon neutral by 2030, and they will publish a report next month.

He pointed to dung beetles in pasture systems, feedlotting, savannah fire management, sensible vegetation management, new feed supplements, genetic improvements and the possibility of a methane reducing vaccine.

Mr Norton said the industry had lowered its emissions from 20 per cent of Australia's total in 2005 to 13 per cent in 2015.

"MLA now believes our industry can achieve a carbon neutral goal, while driving productivity gains and further differentiating Australian red meat from low cost competitors and artificial alternatives," he said.

New board members Russell Lethbridge, of Werrington Cattle Company in north Queensland, and Andrew Michael, a sheep producer from Snowtown in South Australia, were voted on, while Alan Beckett, and Angus breeder at Yea, Victoria, will serve another term.

Peter Quinn, a third generation beef producer and managing director of x Grazing Company in central Queensland, was elected as the new grassfed cattle producer member of MLA selection committee, while Tony Fitzgerald (lotfeeder member) and Jane Kellock (sheep producer member) also joined the selection committee.

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