From a news release
The federal government is investing $1.1 million in the University of Lethbridge to study ways to reduce methane gas emissions in cattle.
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre) Kent Hehr made the announcement at the University on Tuesday.
“The government is committed to help address climate change and this investment will help farmers adopt sustainable practices that will reduce the amount of methane gas produced while maintaining a productive herd and strengthening farm business,” said Hehr, in a news release.
The study will investigate whether the use of biochar, a feed supplement, in beef cattle diets improves the efficiency of digestion and reduces the amount of methane gas produced.
“Reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the cattle sector is important both environmentally, economically and helps build public trust,” said Dr. Erasmus Okine, University of Lethbridge Vice-President (Research). “Producers want to operate in a sustainable fashion and our study results will help them do that.”
This project with the University of Lethbridge is one of 20 new research projects supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada.
The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.