Issue No. 41 - Spring 2004

“Beef cattle produce more than 90% of the greenhouse gases contributed by the livestock sector.”Ouch..

But other than the environment why should we care about statistics like these? Because, these emissions represent a loss of costly feed energy and nutrient inputs. So, where does one start? “Improving pasture quality will improve profitability, productivity and reduce Green House Gases (GHGs),” says Dr. John Basarab, a research scientist with the Western Forage Beef Group in Lacombe, Alberta. The relationship between forage quality and methane emissions is startling.

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