Project manager Alan Skerman said they were also looking at using biogas to heat water which is circulated through heating pads for piglets.
Project manager Alan Skerman said they were also looking at using biogas to heat water which is circulated through heating pads for piglets. Brett Wortman

This little piggy offsets carbon...

A GRANTHAM piggery was the site for Agricultural Minister Joe Ludwig to launch the Government's new carbon farming initiative last week.

The first methodology to be approved under the Carbon Farming Initiative, it will give pig farmers the opportunity to earn carbon credits for reducing methane emissions from manure.

Palahra Piggery has been the trialling the new technology since 2009 which uses gas emitted from manure in an effluent pond, and it is either flared or burnt to create heat or electricity.

Project manager Alan Skerman said they were also looking at using biogas to heat water which is circulated through heating pads for piglets.

"There's the potential there to reduce the farm's use of LPG by about half, substituting biogas for the LPG that's used for heating the piggery sheds," he said.

Farmers can also trade the offsets they generate for carbon credits, which they can then sell to generate income.

Mr Ludwig said more than 680 commercial piggery operations in the country stood to benefit from the initiative.

"The rollout of methodologies such as this will see farmers across the country participating in the world's first federally backed carbon offset market for the land sector," he said.

"This will put Australian farmers at the forefront of emission reduction practices and provide valuable opportunities for farmers to trade carbon offsets internationally."

The methodology was developed in collaboration with the Australian Government, the pork industry and scientists and assessed by the independent Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee.


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