Fats and Oils Cut Methane Emissions

AUSTRALIA - The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says it has been able to reduce the methane gas emissions from a dairy herd by increasing the fats and oils in the animals' diets.
calendar icon 21 October 2008
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The DPI's Chris Grainger said in a trial, methane emissions were cut by 12 per cent, by feeding the cattle cotton seed, reports ABC news.

"One of the most promising things that we can add to the diet seems to be fat or oil," he told ABC.

"What we've used to sort of test this out is whole cotton seed, which is a by-product from the cotton industry. So it comprises just the seed plus a little bit of lint around it."

He said they also found that milk production was increased.

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