Type: Book

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production

Editor

Dr Richard Baines is Senior Lecturer in International Rural Development and Agri-Food Systems at the internationally-renowned Royal Agricultural University in the UK. Dr Baines has worked with international bodies such as the FAO, national governments and NGOs on the environmental assessment and improvement of crop and livestock production. Dr Baines has also developed environmental standards for the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute which are widely used across the agricultural, food processing and retail sectors.

Dimensions:

229x152mm
6x9"

Publication date:

Q3 2020

Length of book:

300 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764393

Hardback - £150.00
£150.00
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Description

Cattle are a major source of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and ammonia (NH3). This collection reviews the range of research on ways of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production.

Part 1 reviews the genetics, measurement and modelling of methane emissions from cattle. Chapters cover what we know about rumen function and genetics in relation to methane emissions, ways of measuring and modelling emissions. Part 2 reviews the contribution of breeding, housing and husbandry practices including manure management. Part 3 assesses nutritional approaches to reducing emissions, from forage and silage to feed supplements such as plant bioactive compounds and direct-fed microbials as well as inhibitors and vaccines to modify the rumen environment.

Key features

  • A comprehensive review of both the causes of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock and the range of ways these emissions can be reduced 
  • Particularly strong focus on the range of nutritional strategies, from forage and silage to feed supplements such as plant bioactive compounds and direct-fed microbials as well as inhibitors and vaccines 
  • Covers other approaches such as genetics and selection, improved husbandry as well as manure management

Table of contents

Part 1 Analysis
1.Understanding rumen genetics and its implications for reducing methane emissions from cattle: Rainer Roehe, SRUC, UK;
2.Measuring methane emissions from livestock: Deli Chen, University of Melbourne, Australia;
3.Modelling methane emissions from livestock: Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc, Ireland;

Part 2 Breeding, animal husbandry and manure management
4.Improving selection for low methane-emitting livestock breeds: Yvette de Haas, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
5.Improving livestock housing and management to minimise greenhouse gas emissions: F.-X Philippe, University of Liege, Belgium;
6.The contribution of animal health to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock: Ilias Kyriazakis, University of Newcastle, UK;
7.Improving livestock manure collection, storage and separation: Barbara Amon, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Germany;
8.Developments in anaerobic digestion to optimise use of livestock manure: Yongzhong Feng, Northwest A&F University, China;

Part 3 Nutrition
9.The impact of improving feed efficiency on the environmental impact of livestock production: James Drackley, University of Illinois, USA;
10.Improving grassland/forage quality and management to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions: Michael O'Donovan, Teagasc, Ireland;
11.The use of feed supplements to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions: plant bioactive compounds: Cecile Martin, INRA, France;
12.The use of feed supplements to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions: direct-fed microbials: Catherine Stanton, Teagasc, Ireland;
13.Modifying the rumen environment to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions: Tim McAllister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada;