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Meat and Livestock Australia is searching for three advisers to help the industry cut livestocks' methane gas emissions.

Methane accounts for two-thirds of Australian agriculture and grazing's greenhouse gas emissions, making it a focus area for the federal government's carbon farming initiative.

The closing date for applications is 27 May and according to AFR the three advisers will refer to national technical coordination, genetics and carbon farming respectively, for the National Livestock Methane Program.

Part of the research will involve developing algae-based functional foods for reducing methane emissions from livestock including deer, goats, sheep and cattle.

The AFR reports that dairy cows in Victoria are releasing 20 percent less methane after a diet switch to grape marc, which comprises stems, seeds and skins, usually discarded by the wine industry.

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