More than just a cattle station, Fletcherview’s size and diversity of land types, plant and animal species attracts researchers in animal immunology, animal nutrition, biology, botany, geology, and tropical agriculture.

Feedstock and flatulence: algae holds the key

The Centre for the Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology (MACRO) have been developing a feedstock solution to the problem of cattle methane production. Each year a single cow can produce between 70 and 120kg of methane, one of the most destructive greenhouse gases and a contributor to climate change. So JCU’s MACRO Centre, in conjunction with Meat and Livestock Australia, started experimenting with different types of algae for its ability to absorb waste products. When their project reached the clinical trial stage, the Fletcherview cows got a new item on their menu. The cows loved their new algae feed supplement and the researchers found that the stock’s methane production dropped by 99%!

Meet the experts

Associate Professor John Cavalieri is leading the way with research related to cattle reproduction and artificial insemination.

During the breeding season you will find John and his team out at Fletcherview Research Station working with the herd. Throughout the year he and other staff are also working with students from JCU at Fletcherview to help improve their cattle handling and reproductive skills including pregnancy diagnosis and breeding soundness evaluation of bulls.


Interested in a placement or internship on our property? You'll gain valuable real-world skills and have an on-the-job experience like no other. We can also help facilitate your veterinary placement.

We're also seeking volunteers, particularly those with knowledge of the local area.

Let's collaborate

Fletcherview is more than just James Cook University. Located near key regional centres, we also work with government, cross-institutional projects and commercial entities.  Get in touch to discuss:

  • Livestock and/or the research potential of our diverse range of landscapes and pastures
  • Scaling options to fit your research and small intense studies
  • Streamlined approvals and management processes