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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Develop Technologies to Protect Air Quality, Maintain Production Efficiency & Enhance Use of Manure from Southn Great Plains Beef & Dairy Ag

Location: Renewable Energy and Manure Management Research

Title: Dietary management to decrease methane emissions from beef feedlots

Authors
item COLE, NOEL
item TODD, RICHARD
item HALES, KRISTIN

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: August 12, 2011
Publication Date: May 20, 2012
Citation: Cole, N.A., Todd, R.W., Hales, K.E. 2012. Dietary management to decrease methane emissions from beef feedlots. Available:www.ars.usdagov/SP2UserFiles/Program/212.

Technical Abstract: Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that can be produced within the digestive tract of domestic (cattle, sheep), and undomesticated (bison, deer, elk) ruminants. This publicatoin gives a brief review of research on dietary procedures that have been tested to decrease enteric methane emissions from beef cattle. Enteric methane emisssions are decreased by feeding diets containing more grain (i.e less forage), and fat. A number of feed additives are potentially available to decrease enteric methane emissions, but most are not currently available or economically justified.

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