CSIRO and food production: securing our food future
Healthy and productive livestock
Almost three billion people worldwide have diets consisting of more than 15 per cent animal protein. Research supporting the productivity and growth of livestock is vital to securing the future supply of meat, dairy, eggs and other protein products while constraining greenhouse gas emissions.
Breakthroughs in breeding and production systems underpin Australia’s place as one of the world’s largest meat and livestock exporters.
CSIRO’s animal bioscience and technology aims to promote growth and increase competitiveness of the Australian livestock sector through:
- improved production efficiency
- more efficient use of nutrients and other resources, with effective strategies to reduce methane emissions and degradation of the natural environment
- application of objective measures of animal welfare to the evaluation of management and husbandry practices
- matching of products to expanding markets, particularly in developing countries.
Some examples of the work we do:
Breakthrough research into the genetic blueprint of the domestic cow could lead to major improvements in Australia's farming industry.