An undergraduate student in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University is developing a prototype of a feed intake device for grazing cattle. Read more
By Jan Suszkiw, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has launched a new smartphone application (“app”) that forecasts conditions triggering heat stress in cattle. The app is available at both Google Play and the App Store. Read more
August 6, 2015 – In the United States, agriculture production contributes 9% of all greenhouse gas emissions (EPA, 2013). Within this 9%, livestock account for 41% of agricultural greenhouse gases (EPA, 2013). In addition, eructation of methane from cattle is a large contributor of the livestock emissions.
Furthermore, methane eructation contributes about a 6% loss of energy for the ruminant (Johnson and Johnson, 1995). Therefore, finding ways to reduce methane emissions are becoming increasingly important. And scientists may have found an answer! Read more
By Jan Suszkiw, ARS Public Affairs Specialist
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in North Carolina has found a way to encourage more growers to use cover crops in the Southeastern United States—allow cattle to graze on them.
Cover crops reduce soil erosion, boost organic matter, keep more moisture in soil and sequester carbon in the soil so less of it is released as a greenhouse gas. Read more