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Methane and cattle - CC0205

CC0205. Methane production in ruminants.

This study will aim to establish whether differences in methane production exist between cattle and sheep and to investigate the dietary factors influencing any potential differences. Methane production will be measured in sheep and cattle under a variety of diets, based on grass silage supplemented with 6 different concentrate feeds varying in their energy and protein contents. Each concentrate will be evaluated at inclusion rates of 40 and 60% and each silage concentrate combination will be fed at both 1 and 2 maintenance. Animals will be acclimatised to the diet for 14 days and methane production will be measured in 4 animals on each diet, for 4 consecutive 24-hour periods in open-circuit respiration chambers.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1995

Cost: £47,407
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rowett Research Institute
Fields of Study
Agriculture and Climate Change