Cattle at Rothamsted's North Wyke Farm Platform in Devon Rothamsted Research
Cattle at Rothamsted's North Wyke Farm Platform in Devon, U.K.

New method calculates carbon footprint of individual cattle

Existing methods of carbon footprint analysis are primarily designed to quantify total GHG emissions of a particular farm.

Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, according to a study using a new method of determining the carbon footprint of pasture-based cattle production systems that can assess the impacts of individual animals.

The new method, developed by a team from the University of Bristol and Rothamsted Research in the U.K., records the environmental impact of each animal separately before calculating the overall burden of a farm.

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