Target 100 – livestock good moves

Target 100 is what Meat & Livestock Australia is doing to improve our practices on the land. They report the industry injects over $16 billion into the nation’s economy each year, and employs over 172,000 people.

The industry group profiles 100 initiatives as research and development projects that are commissioned to Australian universities and research organisations to undertake to find more efficient and environmentally beneficial practices across the supply chain.

The synopsis of the initiatives are:

Water management 22 initiatives. Seen as a key measure of environmental impact of the grazing industries. “Learn more about what the industry is doing to sustainably manage water.”

Reducing energy use, 4 initiatives, has the potential to reduce emissions and decrease costs while improving productivity for the industry.

Social, 8 initiatives. The role in rural and regional community. The sustainability of these communities extends beyond economic, to mental health, continued education and connection.

Climate variability, 9 initiatives. Australian farmers are challenged by the effects of this every day. Strategies to help producers more effectively deal with climate variability have benefits for food security and the economic and environmental sustainability of the industry.

Waste, 14 initiatives. There are opportunities to reduce waste to landfill, odour and methane gas by improved management.

Ethical farming, 6 initiatives, including animal husbandry and transport is a priority for the Australian livestock industry both domestically and particularly abroad.

Weeds and Pests, 7 initiatives. Weeds and feral animals are issues that impact both on farm productivity and the natural ecosystem and landscape.

Economic impacts, 47 Initiatives. The Australian red meat industry is an important part of the national economy. Employing over 172,000 people domestically the industry is an important employer of skilled and unskilled workers. Each year the industry injects over $16 billion into the national economy and is an important part of our export market.

Management of soil health, 30 initiatives. Groundcover is critical to reduce soil erosion loss and consequent loss of nutrients and sediment to catchment systems. Good groundcover management is one of the most important mechanisms to reduce the environmental impact of grazing systems. Learn more about what the industry is doing in the area of soil and groundcover.

Biodiversity, 13 initiatives, is the variety of all life forms on earth – the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems they exist in. In relation to livestock grazing, biodiversity refers to the woodlands, native scrub, trees, shrubs and native grasses, as well as the animals and insects that call this environment home. Learn more about what the industry is doing in the area of biodiversity.

Emissions, 40 initiatives. The focus is on reducing emissions across the supply chain. Learn more about methane production and livestock.

CO2Land is pleased with the approach, and you can check the initiatives in detail as included in the immediate following invitation: “For further information you can contact us at Target 100”. It follows that Co2Land org supports any industry that is doing its bit to ensure sustainable futures, and improving practice on the land.

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