Type: Chapter

Modelling climate change impacts on livestock production


Ryan G. McGuire

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Shannon M. McLaughlin

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Tanisha L. Waring

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Kayley D. Barnes

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Sharon A. Huws

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Nigel D. Scollan

Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)

Publication date:

24 July 2023

ID: 9781801469098

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As other sectors continue to decarbonise, achieving climate change targets is particularly challenging for agriculture. This is primarily the result of livestock production systems (LPS), namely intensive ruminant production systems. LPS account for ~14.5 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions, with cattle alone accounting for 62% of this total. After outlining their crucial role within global food security, economic growth, employment, and society, this chapter argues the need for rapid implementation of climate mitigations for LPS. More specifically, it places focus on two of the most crucial mitigation measures available for LPS, enteric methane mitigation (such as breeding and dietary interventions) and carbon sequestration and storage to deliver net zero LPS.

Table of contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Enteric methane mitigation
  • 3 Grassland agriculture: a net zero livestock system
  • 4 Conclusion and future trends
  • 5 Where to look for further information
  • 6 References