Reducing methane production from livestock: Can more efficient livestock systems help?

Hongmin Dong, Yue Li, David Kemp, David Michalk, Renhua Na, Taro Takahashi, Yubo You

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Abstract

Ruminants are an important source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In China, methane (CH4) emissions released from ruminant enteric fermentation have reached 11 Mt, 59% of the total CH4 emissions from agricultural sources and 35% of the total GHG emissions from the same sources. CH4 emissions from individual ruminants can be reduced by improving the rumen environment, changing the feed mix and refining coarse feeds. Optimised animal-breeding techniques and improved animal management can also reduce per-animal CH4 emissions. In this paper, experiments and associated economic assessments of mitigation techniques are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, 28 June 2008
EditorsD.R. Kemp, D.L. Michalk
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
PublisherAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Pages115-127
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781921615456
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventXXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress - Hohhot, China, Hohhot, China
Duration: 28 Jun 200828 Jun 2008

Conference

ConferenceXXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress
CountryChina
CityHohhot
Period28/06/0828/06/08

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