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Project name NEXUS project: exploring profitable, sustainable livestock businesses in an increasingly variable climate
Funding bodies Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Company and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Lead researcher Dr Matthew Harrison
Contributors Dr Nicoli Barnes, Dr Karen Christie, Professor Bill Malcolm, Mr Peter Ball
Sheep in midlands

This project will use social research, biophysical and economic modelling to examine the impact of climate change to 2030 and 2050 on livestock businesses in Tasmania.

The team will model greenhouse gas emissions (methane, nitrous oxide and CO2), profitability and productivity.

Adaptations will be to the feedbase, animal management, genetics and landscape management.

The modelling will be informed by regional working groups with farmers, advisors, researchers and industry personnel and will be conducted in local regions. The project has sites in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and QLD.

The project involves a high level of industry engagement to ground truth the project modelling and economic analyses, and ensure relevant recommendations for the wider industry are developed. As the project progresses, support will be provided to red meat producers as they consider and discuss implementing adaptations to their farming systems.

The project is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and is part of the Livestock Productivity Partnership.

The Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP) is a collaborative research and development partnership involving MLA Donor Company (MDC), TIA, NSW Department of Primary Industries, University of New England, University of Melbourne, and CSIRO, aimed at boosting livestock productivity and developing new R&D capacity.

TIA is a Joint Venture of the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government.