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Adding a supplement to diet of dairy cows can reduce methane emissions by 30%

Recently published research has shown that adding a supplement to the diet of dairy cows can reduce methane emissions by 30%. The cows fed on the supplement, novel methane inhibitor 3-nitrooxypropanol (3NOP), also gained more body weight than the control group. The study used 48 Holstein cows at a University farm to test the effects of different levels of the supplement. Alexander...
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Dairy herd management strategies can result in win-win for milk production and reducing carbon footprint

Agricultural greenhouse gases (GHG) make up 8.1% of total U.S. GHG emissions. The dairy cattle farming industry is being challenged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining or increasing profitability. In a study published in the Journal of Dairy Science®, researchers report that farms with lower carbon footprints and higher-producing cows are more profitable, a win-win situation...
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New USDA report and tools to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. Colorado State University faculty members served as authors and external science advisors on the new report, and a CSU team is...
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New study finds that eating beef is tens times more costly to the environment than other animal-derived foods

We are told that eating beef is bad for the environment, but do we know its real cost? Are the other animal or animal-derived foods better or worse? New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, conducted in collaboration with scientists in the US, has  compared the environmental costs of various foods  and come up with some surprisingly clear results. The findings, which are...
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New global study reveals how diet and digestion in cows, chickens and pigs drives climate change 'hoofprint'

The resources required to raise livestock and the impacts of farm animals on environments vary dramatically depending on the animal, the type of food it provides, the kind of feed it consumes and where it lives, according to a new study that offers the most detailed portrait to date of "livestock ecosystems" in different parts of the world. The study, published today in...
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Parliamentary report on carbon footprint of beef and lamb

A newly-published parliamentary report examining how the carbon footprint of beef and lamb production is measured has been welcomed by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX). Sequestration identified as the biggest area of contention While acknowledging the positive environmental impacts that grazing livestock bring, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef and...
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