Primary Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dairy and Cattle Farming

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Infographic

Year

2024

Primary Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dairy and Cattle Farming

Country

Global

Region

Global

Type

Infographic

Year

2024

Abstract:

This infographic provides a comprehensive analysis of the dairy and cattle industry’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, highlighting major sources and potential mitigation strategies. Dairy farming, responsible for about 62% of total livestock emissions, produces significant amounts of methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide primarily through enteric fermentation, manure management, and feed production. Key strategies to reduce these emissions include improving feed and nutrition, selective breeding, enhancing animal health, and increasing productivity. The report underscores the potential to significantly reduce global GHG emissions from livestock by implementing these strategies, with a specific focus on reducing emissions per unit of milk and meat produced.

Description:

The “Primary Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dairy and Cattle Farming” report issued by the Institute for Development Impact, provides a visual narrative of the significant impact of dairy and cattle farming on climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases. It specifically focuses on the major sources of these emissions within the dairy and cattle industry, including enteric fermentation, manure management, and feed production. The infographic highlights key opportunities for reducing emissions, such as improving feed and nutrition, selective breeding for lower methane production, enhancing animal health, and increasing overall productivity. By illustrating these elements, the infographic aims to underscore the potential for significant greenhouse gas reductions within the dairy and cattle sector through targeted mitigation strategies.

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