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Best practice for reducing GHG from livestock

Category: News
22 July 2015

Global best practice guidelines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock

The GRA Livestock Research Group (LRG) and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform have joined forces to compile information about GHG mitigation options currently available, and a roadmap of emerging options based on current research, to help make progress on meeting global food demand while reducing the food industry’s contribution to global climate change.

The document summarises current best practices ready for implementation at the farm level, as well as emerging options at various stages of research to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of livestock production across a range of farm systems.

The document covers intervention options for animal feed and nutrition, genetics and breeding, rumen modification, animal health, manure, and grassland management. It provides a readily accessible guide to current best practices that can help reduce emissions intensity of livestock production, but also outlines current areas of active research that offer opportunities for industry to engage with the science sector to help expand the range of options and their effectiveness in different farm systems.

The document was commissioned by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) on behalf of the LRG co-chairs and the SAI Platform.

Download the guidelines here

Keywords: GHG greenhouse gases climate change livestock

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