892: Reducing livestock emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) from livestock has become a topic right at the heart of the climate change debate. The Royal Agricultural Society of England has commissioned this work to demonstrate that while there is a case to answer, livestock farmers and researchers supporting them are making real progress in reducing emissions, managing cattle waste and developing technologies that will enable livestock to be farmed sympathetically with the environment.

Year of Publication2009

For every Kg of product that enters the food chain, UK farming has reduced its carbon footprint over the past 30 years and will continue to do so by steadily increasing production efficiency. Scientific development in feed formulation, improved animal genetics and changes in forage production could, if promoted and encouraged, continue to reduce the amount of GHGs released. Emissions can be better managed, both in storage and in how waste is applied to land or used in energy production through anaerobic digestion, to further minimise GHG escape

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