Filling the Research Gap - Agricultural Manure Management Research

​The following projects are being funded under round one and round two of Filling the Research Gap to undertake manure management research. Those funded under round one are part of the National Agricultural Manure Management Program, coordinated by Australian Pork Limited.


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Coordination of the National Agricultural Manure Management Program—Australian Pork Limited — Darryl D'Souza.

Funding of $185,196 ex GST (funded under round one from June 2012 to June 2015)

This project will coordinate and manage the National Agricultural Manure Management Program. The program will assist the intensive livestock industries to evaluate the agricultural greenhouse gas emissions abatement potential for various manure management systems. Information from the program will underpin the development of Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies.

Mitigating the greenhouse gas potential of Australian soils amended with livestock manure—The University of Western Australia — Sasha Jenkins.

Funding of $655,563 ex GST (funded under round one from June 2012 to June 2015)

The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of different mitigation strategies at reducing greenhouse gas emissions following the application of piggery, poultry or feedlot manure to land by measuring carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane fluxes from soils following amendment using laboratory and field studies.

Advancing livestock waste as low emission-high efficiency fertilisers—Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry — Matt Redding.

Funding of $996,124 ex GST (funded under round one from June 2012 to June 2015)

The project will develop know-how for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from intensive livestock production, increasing emission offsets through innovative managements for land-applied manures from intensive livestock production (egg, chicken meat, pork, beef) and fertiliser formulations.

Pork greenhouse gas mitigation—Feedlot Services Australia Pty Ltd (trading as FSA Consulting) — Eugene McGahan.

Funding of $673,625 ex GST (funded under round one from June 2012 to June 2015)

This project will quantify differences in greenhouse gases from each system over a summer and winter period. Data will be made available to update the PIGBAL model. Quantification of mitigation potential from these systems will enable development of two additional Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies for the pig industry, enabling far broader participation.

Poultry greenhouse gas mitigation—Feedlot Services Australia Pty Ltd (trading as FSA Consulting) — Stephen Wiedermann.

Funding of $464,420 ex GST (funded under round one from June 2012 to June 2015)

This project will address knowledge gaps in greenhouse gas estimation to allow development of two Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies based on changed feeding (dietary nitrogen) or manure management in the chicken meat and/or egg industries.

Anaerobic treatment for emissions reduction from solid manure residues—The University of Queensland.

Funding of $331,800 ex GST (funded under round two from July 2013 to June 2016)

This project is quantifying methane emissions from conventional storage and processing of solid manure residues and will develop a processing technology to stabilise solid residues by anaerobic digestion. Outcomes will prevent volatilisation during collection, storage and land application of the manure product.

Composting as a means of minimising greenhouse gas emissions from the manure supply chain—Queensland University of Technology.

Funding of $678,644 ex GST (funded under round two from July 2013 to June 2016)

This project is investigating manure composting as a practice for minimising greenhouse gas emissions from intensive livestock industries and the manure supply chain. The project is comparing composting and stockpiling of manures to quantify reduction of methane and nitrous oxide emissions. It will provide emission factors that could be used to improve Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The project will also determine the potential to reduce nitrous oxide emissions through the application of composted instead of raw manures.