Canada investing $1.1 million to reduce cattle farts (sorry, bovine methane gas emissions)

Cattle emissions Source: www.jomboyblog.com

Study will investigate biochar feed supplement to improve cattle digestion efficiency

Minister of Veterans Affairs MP Kent Hehr today announced a $1.1 million investment with the University of Lethbridge to study ways to reduce methane gas emissions in cattle, according to the press release.

“Canadian farmers are great stewards of the land and the environment. These new investments are part of the government’s commitment to addressing climate change and ensuring our farmers are world leaders in the use and development of clean and sustainable technology and processes,” Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The project with the University of Lethbridge is one of 20 new research projects supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada.

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The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.

“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,” said Dr. Erasmus Okine, University of Lethbridge Vice-President Research.

The study led by the University of Lethbridge 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 produced.