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Record number 500326
Title Clearing the air: methane and milk
Author(s) Dijkstra, Jan
Event Twitter Masterclass Wageningen Guide to Climate Smart Future, Wageningen, 2015-11-27/2015-11-27
Department(s) Animal Nutrition
Publication type Unpublished lecture
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) dairy cattle - dairy cattle nutrition - feeds - emission - emission reduction - methane - milk protein yield - milk protein - roughage - feed conversion - feed conversion efficiency - climatic change - teaching materials
Categories Cattle / Animal Nutrition and Feeding (General) / Climatic Change
About A great virtue of dairy cattle is their ability to convert human inedible, fibre-rich feedstuffs into high quality milk for humans. However, you don’t get something for nothing. During the process of feed digestion, cows produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change. Methane emission intensities (i.e. emissions per unit milk) vary greatly. Adoption of proper practices and technologies can result in significant reductions in methane emissions. High quality roughage is the key to reducing methane emission intensity while maintaining the role of cattle in global food security.
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