The NEXUS project: livestock in an increasingly variable climate

NEXUS is a joint research program between the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania and CSIRO. Through a series of case studies from Tasmania to northern Queensland, this research will explore the nexus between profitability, productivity, greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon sequestration potential of livestock businesses in an increasingly variable climate. CSIRO leads an integrated assessment of a case study in the Southern Gulf region of Queensland to identify systems adaptations that are profitable, environmentally sustainable and targeted towards future market opportunities. A local reference group will guide the research teams in each region to ensure that the systems and adaptation options examined are regionally relevant and findings are robust. Adaptation options will explore feedbase, animal genetics, technology and management options, as well as options to capture value from emerging markets such as carbon sequestration.

The research findings will guide future research and development investment in climate adaptation across eastern Australia.

The CSIRO case study is conducted in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia as part of the Livestock Productivity Partnership.

Contact Di Mayberry for more information.

Header photo credit: Di Mayberry.