Whole farm systems modelling and analysis publications

Whole farm systems modelling and analysis publications

A bibliographic survey of research publications produced by the Whole Farm Systems Analysis project.

For pre-2013 research papers published by the WFSAM team see the southern livestock adaptation publications page.

Peer-reviewed journal papers

2016

Christie KM, Harrison MT, Trevaskis LM, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ (2016). Modelling enteric methane abatement from earlier mating of dairy heifers in subtropical Australia by improving diet quality. Animal Production Science, 56, 565–573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15296.

Cottle D, Eckard R, Bray S, Sullivan M (2016). An evaluation of carbon offset supplementation options for beef production systems on coastal speargrass in central Queensland, Australia. Animal Production Science, 56, 385–392, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15446.

Cullen B, Eckard R, Timms M, Phelps D (2016). The effect of earlier mating and improving fertility on greenhouse gas emissions intensity of beef production in northern Australian herds. The Rangeland Journal, 38, 283-290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ15063.

Doran-Browne NA, Ive J, Graham P, Eckard RJ (2016). Carbon-neutral wool farming in south-eastern Australia. Animal Production Science, 56, 417–422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15541.

Harrison MT, Cullen BR, Rawnsley RP (2016). Modelling the sensitivity of agricultural systems to climate change and extreme climatic events. Agricultural Systems, 148, 135-148, doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2016.07.006

Harrison MT, Cullen BR, Tomkins NW, McSweeney C, Cohn P, Eckard RJ (2016). The concordance between greenhouse gas emissions, livestock production and profitability of extensive beef farming systems. Animal Production Science, 56, 370–384,http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15515.

Ludemann CI, Howden SM, Eckard RJ (2016). What is the best use of oil from cotton (Gossypium spp.) and canola (Brassica spp.) for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions: biodiesel, or as a feed for cattle? Animal Production Science, 56, 442–450, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15453.

Meyer R, Cullen BR, Eckard RJ (2016). Modelling the influence of soil carbon on net greenhouse gas emissions from grazed pastures. Animal Production Science, 56, 585–593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15508.

Rawnsley R, Dynes R, Doran-Browne N, Harrison M, Christie K, Eckard R (2016). The role of  whole farm system analysis evaluating GHG mitigation strategies from livestock production systems. Animal Production Science, in press.

Taylor CA, Harrison MT, Telfer M, Eckard R (2016). Modelled greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle grazing irrigated leucaena in northern Australia. Animal Production Science, 56, 594–604, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15575.

Taylor C, Eckard R (2016). Comparative analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from three beef cattle herds in a corporate farming enterprise. Animal Production Science, 56, 482–494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15579

2015

Alcock DJ, Harrison MT, Cullen BR, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ (2015). Can animal genetics and flock management be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also maintain productivity of wool-producing enterprises? Agricultural Systems, 132, 25-34, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2014.06.007.

Doran-Browne NA, Eckard RJ, Behrendt R, Kingwell RS (2015). Nutrient density as a metric for comparing greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Climatic Change, 1-15. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1316-8.

Harrison M, McSweeney C, Tomkins N, Eckard R (2015). Improving greenhouse gas emissions intensities of subtropical and tropical beef farming systems using Leucaena leucocephala. Agricultural Systems 136, 138-146. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2015.03.003.

Ludemann CI, Eckard RJ, Cullen BR, Jacobs JL, Malcolm B, Smith KF (2015). Higher energy concentration traits in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) may increase profitability and improve energy conversion on dairy farms. Agricultural Systems, 137, 89-100, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2015.03.011.

Meyer RS, Eckard RJ, Cullen BR, Johnson IM (2015). Process modelling to assess the sequestration and productivity benefits of soil carbon in grazing systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 213, 272–280, DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.07.024.

2014

Berger H, Machado CF, Agnusdei M, Cullen BR (2014). Use of a biophysical simulation model (DairyMod) to represent tall fescue pasture growth in Argentina. Grass and Forage Science, 69, 441-453, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gfs.12064.

Bray S, Doran-Browne N, O'Reagain P (2014) Northern Australian pasture and beef systems. 1. Net carbon position. Animal Production Science, 54, 1988-1994, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14604.

Browne, NA, Behrendt, R, Kingwell, RS, Eckard, RJ (2014). Does producing more product over a lifetime reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase profitability in dairy and wool enterprises? Animal Production Science, 55, 49-55, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN13188.

Christie KM, Rawnsley RP, Harrison MT, Eckard RJ (2014). Using a modelling approach to evaluate two options for improving animal nitrogen use efficiency and reducing nitrous oxide emissions on dairy farms in southern Australia. Animal Production Science, 54 1960-1970, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14436.

Cottle D, Eckard RJ (2014). Modelling the reduction in enteric methane from voluntary intake versus controlled individual animal intake of lipid or nitrate supplements. Animal Production Science, 54, 2121-2131, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14464.

Cullen BR, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ, Christie KM, Bell MJ (2014). Use of modelling to identify perennial ryegrass plant traits for future warmer and drier climates. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 758-766, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CP13408.

Doran-Browne N, Behrendt R, Kingwell R, Eckard R (2014). Modelling the potential of birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) to reduce methane emissions and increase production on wool and prime lamb farm enterprises. Animal Production Science,55, 1097-1105, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN13543.

Doran-Browne N., Bray S.G., Johnson I.R., O’Reagain P.J, Eckard R.J. (2014). Northern Australian pasture and beef systems. 2. Validation and use of the Sustainable Grazing Systems (SGS) whole-farm biophysical model. Animal Production Science 54(12), 1995-2002. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14569

Eckard R.J., Snow V.O., Johnson I.R., Moore A.D. (2014). The challenges and opportunities when integrating animal models into whole systems models for evaluating productivity and environmental impact. Invited review. 8th International Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Digestion and Utilisation in Farm Animals, Cairns, September 2014. Animal Production Science, 54(12), 1896-1904.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14551

Gollnow S, Lundie S, Moore AD, McLaren J, van Buuren N, Stahle P, Christie K, Thylmann D, Rehl T (2014). Carbon footprint of milk production from dairy cows in Australia. International Dairy Journal, 37, 31-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.idairyj.2014.02.005

Harrison M.T., Cullen B.R., Jackson T., Rawnsley R.P., Ho C., Cummins L. and Eckard R.J. (2014). Increasing ewe genetic fecundity improves whole-farm production and reduces greenhouse gas emissions intensities 1. Sheep production and emissions intensities. Agricultural Systems 131, 23–33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2014.07.008

Harrison, MT, Christie, KM, Rawnsley, RP, Eckard, RJ (2014) Modelling of pasture management and livestock genotype interventions to improve whole farm productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensities. Animal Production Science 54(12), 2018-2028. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14421

Ho, C. K. M., Jackson, T., Harrison, M. T., & Eckard, R. J. (2014). Increasing ewe genetic fecundity improves whole-farm production and reduces greenhouse gas emissions intensities: 2. Economic performance. Animal Production Science, 54(9), 1248-1253. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14309

Moore AD, Eckard RJ, Thorburn  PJ, Wang E, Chen D (2013) Mathematical modeling for improved greenhouse gas balances, agro-ecosystems, and policy development: lessons from the Australian experience.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(6), 735–752 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcc.304

Özkan S., Eckard R. (2014) Introducing a New Tool to Calculate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Feedlot Cattle. Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi, 20(1), 151-156. http://dx.doi.org/10.9775/kvfd.2013.9691

Snow V.O., Rotz C.A., Moore A.D., Martin-Clouaire R., Johnson I.R., Hutchings N.J., Eckard R.J. (2014) The challenges – and some solutions – to process-based modelling of grazed agricultural systems. Thematic Issue: “Agricultural systems modelling and software: current status and future prospects. Environmental Modelling & Software 62, 420-436. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.03.009

2013

Bell M.J., Eckard R.J., Harrison M.T., Neal J.S., Cullen B.R. (2013) Effect of warming on the productivity of perennial ryegrass and kikuyu pastures in south-eastern Australia. Crop and Pasture Science 64, 61–70. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CP12358

Bell, M. J., Eckard, R. J., Haile-Mariam, M., & Pryce, J. E. (2013). The effect of changing cow production and fitness traits on net income and greenhouse gas emissions from Australian dairy systems. Journal of Dairy Science, 96(12), 7918-7931. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2012-6289

Browne, N, Kingwell, R, Behrendt, R, Eckard, R (2013) The relative profitability of dairy, sheep, beef and grain farm enterprises in southeast Australia under selected rainfall and price scenarios. Agricultural Systems, 117, 35-44.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2013.01

Moore AD, Eckard RJ, Thorburn  PJ, Wang E, Chen D (2013) Mathematical modeling for improved greenhouse gas balances, agro-ecosystems, and policy development: lessons from the Australian experience.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(6), 735–752 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcc.304

2012

Bell M, Cullen B, Johnson I, Eckard R (2012) Modelling Nitrogen Losses from Sheep Grazing Systems with Different Spatial Distributions of Excreta. Agriculture 2(4), 282-294.doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agriculture2040282

Bell MJ, Cullen BR, Eckard RJ (2012) The Influence of Climate, Soil and Pasture Type on Productivity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity of Modeled Beef Cow-Calf Grazing Systems in Southern Australia. Animals 2(4),540-558. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani2040540

Bell, M. J., Eckard, R. J., & Cullen, B. R. (2012). The effect of future climate scenarios on the balance between productivity and greenhouse gas emissions from sheep grazing systems. Livestock Science, 147(1–3), 126-138. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2012.04.012

Christie KM, Gourley CJP, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ, Awty IM (2012) Whole-farm systems analysis of Australian dairy farm greenhouse gas emissions. Animal Production Science 52(11), 998-1011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN12061

Johnson, I.R., France, J., Thornley, J.H.M., Bell, M.J., & Eckard, R.J. (2012). A generic model of growth, energy metabolism, and body composition for cattle and sheep. Journal of Animal Science, 90(13), 4741-4751. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2011-5053

 

Book chapters

Bell MJ, Eckard RJ (2012) Reducing enteric methane losses from ruminant livestock – its measurement, prediction and the influence of diet. In 'Livestock Production.' Ed. K Javed. (InTech Publishing: Croatia) ISBN: 979-953-307-945-4.

Bell MJ, Eckard RJ, Pryce JE (2012) Breeding dairy cows to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 'Livestock Production.' Ed. K Javed. (InTech Publishing: Croatia) ISBN: 979-953-307-945-4

Eckard RJ, Bell M, Christie K, Rawnsley R (2013) Livestock. In 'Living in a Warmer World.' Ed. J Sallinger). (Bateman Publishing: Auckland)

Lane P, Cullen BC, Bell M, Christie K, Rawnsley R, Eckard RJ (2013) Grasslands. In 'Living in a Warmer World.' Ed. J Sallinger). (Bateman Publishing: Auckland)

 

Conference papers

2015

Bellocchi G, Ehrhardt F, Soussana J-F, Conant R, Fitton N, Harrison M, Lieffering M, Minet J, Martin R, Moore A, Myrgiotis V, Rolinski S, Ruget F, Snow V, Wang H & Wu L (2015). Sensitivity analysis for climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation projection with pasture models. In: Towards Climate-Smart Solutions L3.1 Climate, adaptation and mitigation services. Climate-Smart Agriculture, Global Science Conference, 16–18 March, Montpellier, France, p. 110.

Doran-Browne NA, Ive J, Graham P, Eckard RJ (2015). Carbon neutral wool farming in south eastern Australia. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, 21–23 July, Naracoorte, South Australia.

Ehrhardt F, Soussana J-F, Grace P, Recous S, Snow V, Bellocchi G, Beautrais J, Easter M, Liebig M, Smith P, Celso A, Bhatia A, Brilli L, Conant R, Deligios P, Doltra J, Farina R, Fitton N, Grant B, Harrison M, Kirschbaum M, Klumpp K, Léonard J, Lieffering M, Martin R, Massad RS, Meier E, Merbold L, Moore A, Mula L, Newton P, Pattey E, Rees B, Sharp J, Shcherback I, Smith W, Topp K, Wu L & Zhang W (2015). An international intercomparison & benchmarking of crop and pasture models simulating GHG emissions and C sequestration. In: Towards Climate-Smart Solutions L3.1 Climate, adaptation and mitigation services. Climate-Smart Agriculture, Global Science Conference, 16–18 March, Montpellier, France, p. 41.

2014

Christie KM, Doran-Browne NA, Rawnsley RP, Harrison MT, Eckard RJ (2014). A simple carbon-offset scenario tool (COST) for assessing sheep enterprise intervention options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Proceedings of the 8th International workshop on Modelling Nutrient Digestion and Utilisation in Farm Animals, 15-17 September, Cairns, Queensland.

Cullen B, Harrison M, Rawnsley R (2014). Using cumulative spring-summer water deficit to estimate perennial ryegrass pasture persistence. Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, 19-21 November, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Doran-Browne NA, Eckard RJ, Kingwell RS, Behrendt R (2014). Modelling the methane reduction from dairy cows that are fed supplementary dietary fats. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores / International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology, 8-12 September, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Harrison MT, Christie KM, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ (2014). Pasture management and livestock genotype interventions to improve whole farm productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensities. Proceedings of the International Livestock, Climate Change and Food Security conference, 19-20 May, Madrid, Spain.

Hills JL, McLaren D, Christie KM, Rawnsley RP, Taylor S (2014). Use of optical sensor technology to reduce nitrogen fertiliser inputs on dairy farms. Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, 19-21 November, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Snow VO, Rotz CA, Johnson IR, Hutchings NJ, Eckard RJ (2014). The challenges of incorporating random animal-mediated nitrogen transfers in process-based modelling of grazed agricultural systems. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, 15-19 July, San Diego, USA.

2013

Bell MJ, Garnsworthy PC, Eckard RJ, Moate PJ (2013). Modelling the effect of diet chemical composition on enteric methane emissions. Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Browne N, Eckard R, Behrendt R, Kingwell R (2013). An analysis of extended lactation as a potential mitigation and carbon offset option for pasture based dairy enterprises in south eastern Australia. Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Christie KM, Harrison MT, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ (2013). A simple Carbon Offset Scenario Tool for assessing dairy farm abatement options. Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 1-6 December, Adelaide, South Australia.

Christie KM, Rawnsley RP, Harrison MT, Eckard RJ (2013). Impact of improving animal nitrogen use efficiency on nitrous oxide emissions for dairy farms in south-eastern Australia. Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Cullen BR, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ (2013). Assessing resilience of pasture production to climatic changes. Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities. Proceedings 22nd International Grasslands Congress, 15-19 September, Sydney, New South Wales.

Cullen BR, Timms M, Eckard RJ, Mitchell RA, Whip P, Phelps D (2013). The effect of earlier mating and improving fertility on emissions intensity of beef production in a northern Australian herd. Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Eckard RJ, Rawnsley RP, Cullen BR, Bell MJ, Christie K (2013). Modelling adaptation and mitigation strategies for southern livestock industries of Australia. Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities. Proceedings 22nd International Grasslands Congress, 15-19 September, Sydney, New South Wales.

Eckard RJ, Barlow E (2013). How will the carbon farming initiative affect the vineyard? Proceedings of the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 13-18 July, Sydney, New South Wales.

Farquharson RJ, Chen D, Thorburn P, Li Y, Ramilan T, Eckard R and Norton R (2013). Economics and policy for reducing nitrous oxide emissions in agriculture: nitrogen fertilizer applied to wheat and sugarcane in Australia. 6th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, 18-22 November, Kampala, Uganda.

Harrison MT, Cullen BR, Rawnsley RP, Eckard RJ, Cummins L (2013). Does increasing ewe fecundity reduce whole-farm greenhouse gas emissions intensities? Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 1-6 December, Adelaide, South Australia.

Ludeman C, Smith K, Cullen B, Eckard R (2013). Potential effects of time of cutting and plant genotypes on gas production from fermentation of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) using dairy cow rumen fluid. Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Mitchell R, Cullen B, Eckard R (2013). Can soil carbon accumulation offset methane and nitrous oxide emissions when transitioning from cropping to livestock production? A case study from south-eastern Australia? Proceedings of the 2013 International Greenhouse Gas and Animal Agriculture Conference, 23-26 June, Dublin, Ireland.

Phelps D, Eckard R, Cullen B, Timms M, Whip P, Bray S (2013). Early joining and improved fertility improve profitability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Longreach district. Proceedings of the Northern Beef Research Update Conference. 2-15 August, Cairns, Queensland.

2012

Browne NA, Behrendt R, Kingwell RS, Eckard RJ (2012). Comparing greenhouse gas emissions and farm profit on sheep, beef, dairy and grain farms in southwest Victoria. Proceedings of the 2nd Joint Conference of the New Zealand and Australian Societies of Animal Production, 2-5 July 2012, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand.

Browne NA, Behrendt R, Kingwell RS, Eckard RJ (2012). The economic viability of selected greenhouse gas mitigation options on sheep, beef and dairy enterprises in southwest Victoria. Proceedings of the 2012 CCRSPI conference, 27-29 November, Melbourne, Victoria.

Browne N, Kingwell R, Behrendt R, Eckard, R (2012). Comparing the profitability of sheep, beef, dairy and grain farms in southwest Victoria under different rainfall scenarios. Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Annual Conference, 7-10 February, Fremantle, Australia.

Christie KM, Smith RW, Rawnsley RP (2012). Greenhouse gas emissions of lamb production in Tasmania. Proceedings of the 2012 CCRSPI conference, 27-29 November, Melbourne, Victoria.

Cullen BC (2012). Grain finishing to reduce emissions from lamb production systems in northern Victoria. Proceedings of the 2012 CCRSPI conference, 27-29 November, Melbourne, Victoria.

Eckard RJ (2012). What are the opportunities to decrease methane in agriculture? Proceedings of the 2012 CCRSPI conference, 27-29 November, Melbourne, Victoria.

Leddin CM, Ho CKM, Dalton W (2012). Generating saleable carbon offsets from dairy farm systems.  Proceedings of the 5th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, 13-15 November, Melbourne, Victoria.