CSIRO provided international leadership in the decoding of the cattle and sheep genomes.
Our collaborative research is driving productivity gains in Australia’s northern cattle and southern sheep enterprises.
12 October 2010 | Updated 3 July 2012
Feeding the world
Our growing world population is predicted to reach about nine billion in 2050.
This growth will occur mainly in the developing world and will, together with predicted income growth in these countries, lead to increased demand for animal protein.
Sustaining an increasing animal population to satisfy the demand for animal products may influence the:
- economic opportunities for families, communities and countries
- risks of infectious diseases among animals and between animals and humans
- availability of land for human occupation, energy production or recreation
- status of land and the environment
- our ability to produce livestock and animals in an ethical way.
Our research aims to increase the competitiveness of the Australian livestock sector by:
- improving the efficiency and sustainability of animal production
- adapting technologies and services to the needs of expanding markets
- developing effective strategies to reduce methane emissions from livestock
- providing livestock breeders and buyers with greater certainty about the genetic worth and predicted breeding values of animals
- providing evidence-based advice to inform welfare regulations, guidelines and codes of practice used in Australian livestock production.
Our research on livestock sustainability and production is based on the latest developments in a range of fields including genetics, genomics, microbiology, metagenomics, nutrition, nutrigenomics and physiology.
Find out more about our research in Animal, Food and Health Sciences.