Quantifying and reducing GHG emissions on Québec beef farms

Stéphane Godbout, researcher

Stéphane Godbout

Researcher

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Description

One of the project objectives is to calculate GHG emissions in various beef production systems based on the results of a literature, methodology, and database review. The project is also looking at how greenhouse gas emissions associated with cow-calf operations can be reduced. Samples were first taken at cow-calf farms to validate the numbers used to calculate emissions. Other scenarios were subsequently added with a view to determining the ideal scenario based on project findings, i.e., the cow-calf management system that emits the least GHG. The aim of the project is to identify ways to help producers reduce their GHG emissions. A series of recommendations will be produced in cooperation with a committee set up during the project. The project will provide producers and others in the industry the information they need to reduce GHG emissions and make better decisions about introducing farming practices to slow climate change.

Objective(s)

  • Quantify and compare greenhouse gas emissions on cow-calf farms using a conventional management system (housing with manure storage) to those using other management options (pasture and overwintering pens)

From 2017 to 2019

Project duration

Livestock production

Activity areas

Air quality

Service

The project will provide producers the information they need to reduce GHG emissions.

Partner

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec

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