Program 4 – Carbon conscious nutrient inputs and outputs

Program Leader : Dr Stephan Tait (University of Queensland)


Research to develop commercially viable feeding and effluent management systems for pig production that significantly reduce the net carbon footprint whilst maintaining production efficiency. In particular, to establish pork production systems that are carbon neutral through novel use of nutrient sources such as algae. The research program will transform the Australian pig industry to specifically address critical environmental and economic issues that confront its sustainability.

Research covers three core areas:

Subprogram 4A – Future Feeds for Future Needs


Subprogram Leader : Dr Navid Moheimani (Murdoch University)

To reduce competing demand on feed grains by establishing commercial quantities of algae products that meet the nutrient requirements of pigs. To also facilitate replacement of 10% of existing feed with ingredients that have been derived from waste streams. Two sources of algal products will be investigated – algae specifically grown using nutrients from piggery waste streams and processed on farm and algae or co-products that are derived from large scale production involved with industrial CO2 mitigation or biodiesel production.

Subprogram 4B – Enhanced Use of Traditional Protein and Energy Sources

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Subprogram Leader : Dr John Black (JLB Consulting)

To enhance specific outcomes from the CRC for an Internationally Competitive Australian Pork Industry, including development of real-time near infra-red (NIRS) analysis of feed ingredients, and better use of this information in feed processing and manufacturing. Further development of innovative processing methods to improve the nutritional yield from ingredients

Subprogram 4C – Carbon-Neutral Pork Production


Subprogram Leader : Dr Stephan Tait (University of Queensland)

Highly novel research to maximise methane production from effluent ponds so that collection and use of biogas is economically viable. Alternative approaches to waste management will also be studied to develop solid-waste pork production systems that mitigate carbon outputs