GFM Network News


cattle grazing purple clover

Saving the environment one legume at a time

Condensed tannins reduce bloat and do a whole lot more besides

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the environmental debate, some rank cattle up there with smokestacks and auto emissions. But Canadian researchers are discovering Mother Nature has developed her own mitigation strategy for bovine burps, flatulence, and excrement — and showing that grazing cattle has major environmental benefits. In 2000, concerns over cattle and greenhouse gases prompted Allan Iwaasa of […] Read more

dried distillers grains

The environmental pros and cons of feeding dried distillers grains

Cattle fed DDGs produce less methane and more nitrogen, Lethbridge Research Station scientists have found

Reading Time: 2 minutes In beef production, finding a balance between feed costs and environmental health takes continuous navigation. Feed is one of the highest on-farm costs and when the price of barley, corn and wheat rises, producers often turn to using dried distillers grains (DDGs) in their rations. While this ethanol co-product lowers methane production in cattle by […] Read more