According to The Australian Financial Review, after years of development and hype over the benefits of feeding seaweed to livestock, Australia is set to have more eco-friendly, faster-growing cattle by next Christmas.
Led by Sea Forest in Tasmania, seaweed farmers hope to produce the world’s first commercial-size crops of asparagopsis – the seaweed found by CSIRO researchers to slash methane emissions from cattle in the form of burps and farts when added to their feed.
Research shows that adding a small amount of seaweed concentrate to cattle feed cuts methane emissions by more than 80 per cent, and suggests the animals also grow faster because of more efficient digestion.
FutureFeed chief executive Andrew Gatenby said Sea Forest was the most advanced of the emerging players and expected to have commercial volumes available in the Australian market towards the end of 2021.
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