Spatial Analysis of Farm Animal Wastes in Australia

Marit Kragt, Fiona Dempster, Audrey Tascon

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This report is prepared for Rural R&D for Profit project 18-04-007; Closing the loop: Black Soldier Fly technology to convert agricultural waste. In this document, we report an analysis of the spatial availability of farm animal wastes in Australia. Data was sourced from the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) website and Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Separate fact sheets are provided for dairy, piggery, and poultry waste in Australia that combine the spatial analysis with results of a chemical analysis of waste samples for the Black Soldier Fly project. Full details of how waste volumes were calculated is also provided. The results presented in this report reveal that most livestock waste is produced in Queensland (poultry and meat processing), Victoria (dairy), and New South Wales (piggeries). In comparison, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania produce substantially less farm animal waste. The results presented in this report provide preliminary insights into the most strategically useful locations for facilities that re-use animal waste (such as Black Soldier Fly, biogas production, or anaerobic digestion).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe University of Western Australia
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


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