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Emissions expert: Environmental impact of beef has been overstated
On Oct. 25, Frank Mitloehner, a leading researcher in the realm of livestock sustainability, asked a packed auditorium on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s East Campus to picture three coffee cups — a ceramic cup, a Styrofoam cup and an insulated...
Dairy farmers can adapt to climate change
Warming climate worsens nutrient pollution but lengthens growing season...
A dirt-cheap solution? Common clay materials may help curb methane emissions
With special treatment, minerals called zeolites — commonly found in cat litter — can efficiently remove the greenhouse gas from the air, researchers report....
Farmers need to adopt agroecological practices
Scottish livestock farmers need to be supported to adopt nature-based farming practices which could contribute to climate and biodiversity goals, new research has found....
Preserving the prairie in the US Great Plains
The Great Plains — an area of the world named for the vast rolling hills covered with tallgrass or shortgrass prairies. However, during the last two centuries, these native ecosystems have changed from grasslands to woodlands. ...
Fast food gobbling larvae could replace soy in livestock diet
Larvae such as those of the black soldier fly (BSF) can form an important new link in circular agriculture. They grow well on unused waste streams such as catering waste or pig manure, which are currently not yet permitted to be fed to insect larvae....
Sustainability trends in the food industry: sustainability as a driver for innovation
At the start of the world's largest food trade fair ANUGA, the Federal Association of the German Food Industry (BVE) together with Innova Market Insights presented the study "Sustainability Trends in the Food Industry 2021"....
Neospora: significant cause of abortion in dairy, beef herds in Northern IrelandNI
Neospora also known as Neospora caninum is single celled parasitic organism that can affect cattle, particularly pregnant cattle, where it can result in abortion. The disease affects cattle worldwide, and once infected, cattle remain infected for life,...
Can ‘machine learning’ help predict dairy cow intakes?
This is a question that scientists at AFBI have been trying to answer within a project which is examining ‘precision feeding’ approaches for dairy cows....
Reducing beef cattle GHG emissions
Eat less beef … save the planet! It’s a common theme on social media and among celebrities. Yet, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are working to show that beef cattle in Western Canada shouldn’t take the rap for climate change....
‘Push-pull’ innovation helps female farmers in East Africa see crop, livestock, and income improvements
Since 2019, the amount of milk Mariam Bagune’s livestock produce has doubled. Ever since she began implementing a sustainable farming technique called “push-pull,” Bagune and other female farmers in Ethiopia have observed a number of improved farm...
Forage study: legumes in beef cattle bring benefits. Many of them.
Dr. Bart Lardner (PhD) has preliminary findings from his ongoing forage study: legumes in beef cattle forage bring benefits. Many of them....
Ammonia reduction strategies for the cattle sector
Ammonia emissions from livestock present major challenges to the Northern Ireland agricultural industry. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is currently conducting a major...
From meadow to plate: could cultured meat made from grass replace animals?
An affordable lab system that uses grass blades to turn cells into cultured meat has been developed at the University of Bath....
Researchers evaluate and identify consistent indicators to support sustainability on US ranches
Standardized ecological, social and economic indicators can help ranchers track and communicate about sustainability....
 
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