University of Lethbridge receives funding to study methane gas emissions in cattle

By Lethbridge News Now (Dori Modney)
July 12, 2017 - 9:13am

LETHBRIDGE -   Everyone is aware of the heightened attention to green house gas emissions.  Usually, the concern is over the process of extracting energy and what comes out of the backend of a vehicle. 
 
Now, Ottawa has turned its sights to the back end of cows.
 
To that end (no pun intended) the federal government has announced a $1.1 million investment with the University of Lethbridge to study ways to reduce methane gas emissions in cattle.

A study led by the U-of-L will investigate whether the use of biochar (a feed supplement) in beef cattle diets, improves the efficiency of digestion and reduces the amount of methane gas cattle produce.

Dr. Erasmus Okine, University of Lethbridge Vice-President (Research), says the research is beneficial to for both the environment and cattle producers.

“Reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the cattle sector is important both environmentally, economically and helps build public trust. Producers want to operate in a sustainable fashion and our study results will help them do that.”

The project is one of 20 being supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), which is a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.

 The initial AGGP investment provided $21 million for 18 projects undertaken by universities, provincial governments, research institutions and conservation groups.

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