Type: Chapter

Measuring methane emissions from livestock


Trevor Coates

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Deli Chen

University of Melbourne

Mei Bai

University of Melbourne

Publication date:

19 July 2021

ID: 9781801462372

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This chapter looks at the key techniques used for measurement of CH4 and other gas emissions from livestock production, ranging from individual animal measurements to herd scale measurements for grazing animals and whole farm emissions such as feedlots. Individual animal measurement techniques discussed include whole-animal respiration chambers and head capture measurement. Herd scale measurements include micrometeorological methods and the eddy covariance (EC) technique.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Individual animal measurement techniques: whole-animal respiration chambers and head capture measurement
3 Individual animal measurement techniques: tracer techniques
4 Herd-scale measurement techniques: micrometeorological methods
5 Herd-scale measurement techniques: the EC technique
6 Conclusion and future trends
7 Where to look for further information
8 References