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Cargill, partners unveil emission reduction methodology for beef production

July 19, 2023
By The Trough

Cargill has partnered with Trees Consulting to develop a new beef methodology that offers the global beef industry a framework for measuring methane emissions reductions using feed supplements that have been incorporated into beef cattle diets, such as SilvAir.

The new methodology defines a set of parameters that beef producers can adopt to quantify reductions in methane emissions, a greenhouse gas (GHG) that is derived from enteric fermentation (digestion process) in cattle through eructation (burping), as well as from manure handling. The new methodology is now available for beef producers worldwide to quantify, audit and verify methane reductions, enabling them to register their GHG mitigation project for Gold Standard certification. Gold Standard’s Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) can be traded in carbon markets, allowing credit purchasers to directly support the projects.

Cargill is working to accelerate progress by supporting producers with managing on-farm productivity to improve feed conversion rates, optimizing animal health and nutrition, and innovating with new additives and solutions that reduce methane and nitrogen emissions directly. For beef producers who are adopting these technologies, the new methodology “Reducing Methane Emissions from Enteric Fermentation in Beef Cattle through Application of Feed Supplements” will enable them to accurately quantify the reduction of methane emissions and can provide them with opportunities to valorize their efforts.

For further information about the newly approved methodology and Cargill’s sustainable initiatives, visit Cargill’s Feeding Intelligence site.


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