Canada’s beef cattle industry has made significant, continual improvements on the amount of methane emitted by cattle over the last 30 years. A combination of genetic selection and feeding advancements plus sound scientific research means that Canadian ranchers and feedlot operators have a good story to tell about cattle production.
Dr. Tim McAllister, research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lethbridge, has been a key part of research in to methane emissions, rumen health, and antimicrobial resistance prevention in Canada.
Now, with the federal government releasing a draft protocol for a carbon credit system for enteric methane reduction, the cattle industry will lean heavily on work from McAllister and others to implement some of the key practices to reduce or capture methane produced by cattle.
In the interview below, McAllister explains how feed efficiency, feed additives, methane biodigesters, and genetic improvements are all adding up to real methane reductions, and what might be next for those planing to participate in a carbon credit/offset market.