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Carbon Footprint of Dairy Production

17 July 2009

US - Today´s dairies use fewer resources and have less waste output than those of 60 years ago, according to a Cornell University study.

The study found that dairy farming in 2007 produced 24 per cent of the manure and 43 per cent of the methane output per gallon of milk compared to farming in 1944. Modern dairy systems use 10 per cent of the land, 23 per cent of the feedstuffs and 35 percent of the water required to produce the same amount of milk in 1944.

Jude Capper, lead author of the study, and Roger Cady, a scientist at Elanco who contributed to the study, will present their research during a 31 July webcast from eXtension.

The webcast will highlight research on calculating the carbon footprint of animal agriculture, especially in dairies. The researchers will emphasise the role of production efficiency.

The Friday, 31 July session begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The webcast meeting room opens 15 minutes before the start time. Participants should go to to view the webcast.

Another webcast marked down for 21 August is about evaluating innovative technologies through Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC). FPPC has been involved in 37 demonstrations of innovative manure treatment technologies in 17 states. Those involved have learned about making these technologies feasible at a farm scale.

Speakers for the 21 August webcast include Bill Boyd of the US Department of Agriculture´s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Bob Monley of FPPC, Inc.

TheCattleSite News Desk


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