Jun 21

Phosphorus Excretion in Dairy Cows

Categories: Dairy Cows
Phosphorus Excretion in Dairy Cows Professor Ermias Kebreab, UC Davis, California, USA

Professor Ermias Kebreab, UC Davis, California, USA - Dairy Solutions Symposium

Professor Ermias Kebreab, UC Davis, California, USA - Dairy Solutions Symposium

An essential nutrient, a finite resource, an environmental contaminant

“Over 60% of the phosphorus that is consumed by dairy cows is excreted,“ said Professor Ermias Kebreab. This is a serious problem that must be addressed as soon as possible. Inorganic phosphorus is mined for use in fertilizer, mineral supplements and industrial uses and it is a finite resource. Kebreab said, “In the next 50 to 100 years it is estimated that we won’t have any more inorganic phosphorus.”

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Jun 20

Sustainability for Ireland’s Beef and Dairy Producers

Categories: Dairy Cows, Sustainability
Sustainability for Ireland’s Beef and Dairy Producers Padraig Brennan, Bord Bia

“We view the issue of sustainability as being critical to the Irish beef industry,” said Padraig Brennan, describing the beginning of the environmental sustainability program that is being rolled out to all members of Bord Bia’s Beef Quality Assurance Scheme. “In the last 18 months we’ve visited about 22,000 out of a total of about 32,000 farms that are members of our scheme.” Bord Bia is working with each of their member farmers to develop a carbon footprint measurement process and identify methods that they can use to reduce that footprint.

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Jun 20

Environmental Impact of Dairy - Truth in Numbers

Categories: Dairy Cows
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Dr. Judith L. Capper - Dairy Solutions Symposium

Dr. Judith L. Capper - Dairy Solutions Symposium

“Sustainability isn’t something that’s going to go away,” announced Prof. Judith L. Capper at the Dairy Solutions Symposium in Dublin, Ireland. Capper, an adjunct professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, USA, has spent the last five years researching the environmental impact of dairy and beef systems. Agriculture must minimize environmental impact as we strive to grow more food with less land for the estimated 9.3 billion people in 2050.

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Jun 19

Environmentally Efficient Cows

Environmentally Efficient Cows Live Scribe from Dr. Mitloehner's Talk

In 2006, a United Nations report entitled “Livestock’s Long Shadow” claimed that the livestock sector is a major player in climate change, “responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions ... a higher share than transport.”  Appeals for reducing meat consumption to prevent climate change filled the public media, and they continue today (see this recent opinion blog from the New York Times).

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