Integrating genomics, milk spectrometry & microbial manipulations to mitigate enteric methane emissions from dairy cattle
Year Awarded 2023
FFAR award amount $1,556,634
Total award amount $3,301,496
Location Madison, WI
Matching Funders Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, ADM, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus plc, JBS USA, the National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC)
Grantee Institution University of Wisconsin–Madison
Cows and other ruminant animals produce enteric methane as part of their natural digestive process. This methane is the single largest source of direct greenhouse gases in the beef and dairy sectors. This research is combining interventions that address selective breeding, data on milk composition, and rumen microbes to gain the necessary knowledge to inform the selective breeding of U.S. dairy cattle with lower emissions.