Type: Book

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production


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.



Publication date:

29 June 2021

Length of book:

300 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764393

Hardback - £150.00
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Recent IPCC reports have highlighted the environmental impact of livestock production as a major source of non-CO2 emissions: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and ammonia (NH3). The livestock sector must react to these reports and develop or implement methods that can reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions from livestock production.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production provides authoritative reviews on measuring GHG emissions from livestock as well as the range of methods that can be applied to reduce emissions, ranging from breeding to animal health and manure management. The collection also reviews nutritional approaches such as improving forage quality and the use of plant bioactive compounds and other feed supplements to limit emissions by modifying the rumen environment.

Drawing in an international range of expert authors, Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production summarises what we can do to make livestock production more sustainable and viable for the future. It will be a major reference for the livestock (particularly dairy) science research community, environmental scientists, government and other agencies tackling the challenge of climate change, as well as companies involved in livestock production and processing of dairy and meat products.

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.Measuring methane emissions from livestock: Deli Chen, University of Melbourne, Australia;
2.Modelling methane emissions from livestock: Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc, Ireland;

Part 2 Breeding, animal husbandry and manure management
3.Improving selection for low methane-emitting livestock breeds: Yvette de Haas, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
4.Quantifying the contribution of livestock health issues to the environmental impact of their production systems: Stephen G. Mackenzie, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; and Ilias Kyriazakis, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK;
5.Improving livestock manure collection, storage and separation: Barbara Amon, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Germany;
6.Developments in anaerobic digestion to optimise use of livestock manure: Yongzhong Feng, Northwest A&F University, China;

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