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Can Genetics and Other Factors Limit Methane Output From Cows?
Methane emissions from cows are decreasing, but not at the pace which the agricultural sector and the government agreed, say staff at Wageningen University. ...
Confined Livestock Operations Account for Majority of Chesapeake Bay Area’s Farmland With Applied Manure
An analysis of livestock production in the Chesapeake Bay area by Stacy Sneeringer of the USDA Economic Research Service suggests that policies addressing manure nutrient discharges from small and medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)...
Hail Storms Ruin Crops at Planting For Hope: November Newsletter
Apollo Saku is a farmer, agricultural academic and project leader for Planting for Hope Uganda, a sustainable wealth creation programme aimed at empowering rural communities through farming and cooperative schemes....
Got Manure? Need a Technology?
Manure management problems can arise in a multitude of forms although Dr Deanne Meyer, a Californian waste specialist says there are simple routes to a variety of different solution. ...
'Lost Without Trace' - Tracing the Missing Nitrogen From Grazing Systems
Dr Anne Bailey of Teagasc research discusses the impact of rapid intensification of Irish farming post-quota with specific regard to Nitrogen being lose through water and air. ...
Balancing Food Security and Environmental Quality in China
In many ways, the evolution of Chinese agriculture over the past 40 years is a remarkable success story. Spurred by investments in research and government subsidies for fertilizers and other farm technologies, China now feeds 22 per cent of the world's...
Controlling Birds on Dairy Farms
Every year, dairy farms lose out on hundreds of dollars of feed through local bird populations, but with appropriate bird proofing, poisoning or trapping, money can be saved, say experts from Dairy Herd Management, edited by Kim Schoonmaker. ...
Livestock Resources and Environmental Issues in Asia
Livestock production is a significant and growing source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, range degradation and greenhouse gases, according to Benjamin Henderson (Livestock Policy Officer) and Henning Steinfeld (Chief of Livestock Information and...
Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock Causes & Prevention
Whether nitrates are not being converted into proteins by the animal or by the plant it eats, nitrate levels can overwhelm the animal's digestive system, say South Dakota University specialists who offer advice for prevention. ...
Prospects for Agricultural Markets and Income in EU 2012-2020
EU agricultural commodity prices are expected to stay firm over the medium term, supported by factors such as the growth in global food demand, the development of the biofuel sector and a prolongation of the long term decline in food crop productivity...
Raising Dairy Heifers in the States - An Operations Overview
A report from the USDA has been released on heifer rearing in the US. Covering hundreds of farms in 21 states the report aims to provide an overview of dairy heifer raising operations. The report covers a broad range of facets in the industry such as...
Food Production Accounts for 29 Per Cent of GHG Emissions
Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to analysis by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). ...
Meat and the Environment - Future Directions
The need for sustainable food production from animals is paramount to future resiliency and viability of the agri-food sector in many parts of the world, Karin Wittenberg from the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment at the University of...
Biofilters for Odour and Air Pollution Mitigation
Researchers from the University of Minnesota discuss biofilter use, design and performance factors. ...
Milk Yields Have More Impact on GHG Emission than Lactiation Length
Improving milk yield has a far greater effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) from UK dairy herds than extending lactation length – findings from a recent study, carried out by scientists in Edinburgh and London....
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