Encapsulated Nitrate Source May Reduce Cattle Methane Emissions (Feedstuffs)

Encapsulated Nitrate Source May Reduce Cattle Methane Emissions

For several decades, researchers have been looking for ways to reduce the methane produced in the bovine rumen. New research by Nicolas DiLorenzo with the University of Florida and others shows that a small change to cattle diets can reduce the animals’ methane emissions by 11 percent. These findings are a step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.

The study was led by Darren Henry, a graduate from the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences‘ (IFAS) College of Agricultural & Life Sciences who is now an assistant professor in the department of animal and food sciences at Texas Tech University. The study was part of Henry’s doctoral research directed by DiLorenzo and received funding support from the National Institute of Food & Agriculture.

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