What is FutureFeed?
FutureFeed is an innovative livestock feed supplement that utilises a specific type of seaweed which can increase production and reduce methane emissions simultaneously.
Livestock feed supplementation with FutureFeed is the solution. It can improve farm profitability, tackle climate change and help improve livestock health and growth. FutureFeed can also provide farmers access to other income streams through carbon markets and provide access to premium niche markets through a low carbon footprint and environmentally friendly product.
Our new natural livestock feed supplement is good for the animals, good for climate change and great for business.
Globally, 1.3 billion people depend, partially or entirely, on livestock for their livelihoods. Livestock provides protein and micronutrients to many of the world’s 830 million people experiencing food insecurity.
Cows and sheep produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Despite misconceptions, most cow methane comes from burps (90%) rather than farts (10%). Livestock produce the equivalent of 5% of human-generated greenhouse gases each year, or five times Australia’s total emissions.
If 10% of the livestock industry used the Future Feed supplement, it would have the same positive climate effect as removing 100 million cars from the road.
Livestock methane production is not just an environmental problem. All this burped methane is wasted energy that could be going to make animals produce more food.
Approximately 12% of feed is lost as methane emissions and with feed being the primary expense for producers, maximising feed utilisation efficiency is a prime focus.
If farmers could supplement their feed with seaweed, this might just help with two of the biggest challenges of our time: fighting climate change and growing more food with fewer resources.
In Australia, if we could develop a way to include seaweed feed in the Emissions Reduction Fund (as for dairy farmers), farmers might even be able to get carbon credits at the same time.
We are grateful for the assistance provided by Meat and Livestock Australia, and James Cook University to continue this important work.