Carbon neutral wool growing in south eastern Australia

Whole farm systems analysis from the WFSAM project

Researchers gathered data from a wool case study farm in south eastern Australia to determine if the farm was carbon neutral. The property has a relatively low stocking rate of 8 ewes ha-1, and significant revegetation has occurred since the 1980s with 115 ha of the 250 ha property either planted with trees or revegetating.

The modelling showed that at this stocking rate, only 15% of the case study farm needed to be in tree cover for the farm to be carbon neutral. From 1980 to 2012 the farm sequestered on average seven times more CO2-e / year in trees and soil than it produced from livestock and carbon dioxide emissions.

A comparable study on a wool farm with a high stocking rate is underway.

Primary researchers


Doran-Browne NA, Ive J, Graham P, Eckard RJ (2016). Carbon-neutral wool farming in south-eastern Australia. Animal Production Science, 56, 417–422,

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Project Leadership

Dr Christie Ho
  • Dr Christie Ho
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Agriculture Victoria

Richard Eckard
  • Professor Richard Eckard
  • Director
  • Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre

Richard Rawnsley
  • Dr Richard Rawnsley
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project Team

  • Dr Brendan Cullen
    University of Melbourne
  • Dr Matthew Harrison
    Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Dr Alexandria Sinnett
    Agriculture Victoria
  • Karen Christie
    Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Natalie Doran-Browne
    University of Melbourne

Funding Organisations

  • Agriculture Victoria
  • Australian Wool Innovation Limited
  • Dairy Australia
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • University of Melbourne

Collaborating Organisations

  • Agriculture Victoria
  • Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture