Factsheet 3. Efficient Milk Production - Climate Change. Methane

Factsheet which looks at how methane significantly contributes to global warming.

Year of Publication2010

Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming. It is produced naturally by the millions of micro-organisms that live in the rumen as part of the normal digestion process. As well as having an environmental effect, methane also represents a loss of energy that otherwise might be used for milk production. Any measures to reduce methane production will also improve efficiency.The leaflet considers strategies for reducing methane emissions by dairy cows in four main categories:• Feeding• Improving health, fertility and management• Manure management• Breeding for lower methane production

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