Advances in Enteric Methane Mitigation in Dairy Cattle: The Last Decade and Future Prospects

September 21, 2021


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  • Advanced Animal Systems
  • Convening Event

Enteric methane is a major greenhouse gas resulting from feed digestion by ruminants. Societal attention to climate change continues to emphasize the need for enteric methane mitigation from milk production systems. The development of successful enteric methane mitigation strategies requires interdisciplinary research in ruminal microbiology, ruminant nutrition, breeding and genetics, health and well-being, farm technology, farm systems and modeling. Attendees to this symposium will learn about future prospects for research and advances from the last decade that already contributed to or hold potential for developing technologies and practices that reduce enteric methane emissions from dairy animals.

Moderator: Tim Kurt – Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research

Exclusive sponsor: Innovation Center for US Dairy

Presentation titles and speakers:

  1. Rethinking methane: Animal agriculture’s path to climate neutrality.
    Frank Mitloehner, Univ. of California
  2. An overview of successful strategies to mitigate enteric methane in dairy farms.
    Alex Hristov, Penn State Univ.
  3. Modeling the enteric methane mitigation effect of feed additives and their impact on dairy farm-gate emissions.
    Ermias Kebreab, Univ. of California
  4. Understanding the role of the rumen microbiota and metagenome in enteric methane mitigation and productivity in dairy cows.
    Dipti Pitta, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  5. Is it possible to selectively breed low enteric methane-producing dairy cows and maintain health and productivity?
    Yvette de Haas, Wageningen Univ.
  6. The Greener Cattle Initiative was developed to support research on enteric methane mitigation from ruminants.
    Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for US Dairy

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