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Quebec ag co-op to power up on dairy cattle manure

About a dozen Quebec dairy farms will be getting their collective manure together next year for the province’s first-ever ag co-operative devoted to renewable natural gas. Coop Agri-Energie Warwick, launched Monday, plans to start construction this spring on a $12 million biomethanization plant which will take in slurry and manure from dairy cattle mixed with […] Read more

Gases in well water can be a risk, says provincial water engineer

Oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide occur naturally in some aquifers

Gases in water wells can be a danger on farms and rural properties, says a provincial agricultural water engineer. Gases can occur naturally in water wells, dissolving in the water while under pressure and then being released when water is pumped out of the well. “Sometimes people complain about the smell, but the gases you […] Read more





Two-thirds of greenhouse gases produced by Canadian agriculture comes from beef production, 
with methane produced by digestion accounting for a portion of that.

Feed additive could be a methane game changer

Feed additive that can halve emissions while boosting feed efficiency is now undergoing a large-scale study

There’s pressure on the beef industry to be more sustainable, and some of that pressure falls on scientists like Karen Beauchemin. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ruminant nutritionist and her team at the Lethbridge research station are looking for ways to reduce enteric methane — gas produced when digesting feed — from beef cattle. One […] Read more

Methane emissions from a steer were measured by Agriculture Canada researchers.

Two feed supplements lower methane emissions

Feeding wheat to dairy and beef cattle also lowered emissions 
but the effect was short lived

A recent study has found feed supplements can reduce methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle. Researchers from Canada and Australia conducted the three-year study. “We need to know how feed affects methane production, but we also need to know how it affects other aspects of the farm operation, like daily gains in animals, milk […] Read more


California to limit pollutants from diesel exhaust to cow gas

Reuters — California on Monday moved to restrict air pollutants from sources as diverse as diesel trucks and cow flatulence, the latest of several efforts in the most populous U.S. state to reduce emissions leading to climate change. Under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the state will cut emissions of methane […] Read more

Tim McAllister has shown the beef industry is reducing its carbon footprint, but more needs to be done, he says.

Top scientist challenges beef industry to do better

Yes, anti-meat activists distort the facts, says Tim McAllister — 
but ‘there is science that supports their position’

It’s no secret the beef industry is under attack from environmentalists and activists — or that they frequently distort the truth. “They have an agenda that they are trying to gain information to support — they’re looking for things that have gone awry in the industry, and there have been problems,” renowned Alberta cattle researcher […] Read more


Study finds Canadian beef’s GHG footprint shrunk over 30 years

Efficiencies in cattle production and feeding have allowed Canada’s beef industry to produce the same weight in beef as 30 years ago with smaller breeding herds, less land — and smaller greenhouse gas (GHG) output, a new study finds. The study, led by research scientist Tim McAllister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, with […] Read more

Thomas Flesch, a meteorologist from the University of Alberta, stands next to an open sensor used to collect methane emissions from cattle, at the Lacombe research station.

Cows that burp less could also save you money

Reducing methane from cattle means a reduction in greenhouse gases – and the key to that is feed efficiency

Cows that burp less are also more feed efficient. That’s the initial results of a study conducted by Thomas Flesch, a meteorologist from the University of Alberta and John Basarab, a University of Alberta professor and beef research scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe research station. The two scientists are using lasers to […] Read more