Factsheet 4. Efficient Milk Production - Climate Change. What you can do to reduce nitrous oxide emissions

A leaflet which looks at how nitrous oxide emissions could be reduced by farming practices that maximise the the use of nitrogen inputs.

Year of Publication2010

By increasing efficiency of nitrogen utilisation from animal feeds, managing organic manure to maximise crop uptake are the most important management practices. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas which is about 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. It is also responsible for depletion of the ozone layer.The leaflet summarises current best practice methods to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from dairy farms to include:• Increasing livestock N use efficiency• Not exceeding crop N requirements• Making full allowance of manure N supply• Spreading manure at appropriate times and under the right conditions.

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