Journal article

Measurement of Enteric Methane Emissions by the SF6 Technique Is Not Affected by Ambient Weather Conditions

Peter J Moate, Jennie E Pryce, Leah C Marett, Josie B Garner, Matthew H Deighton, Brigid E Ribaux, Murray C Hannah, William J Wales, S Richard O Williams

ANIMALS | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Despite the fact that the sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) tracer technique was developed over 25 years ago to measure methane production from grazing and non-housed animals, no studies have specifically investigated whether ambient wind speed, temperature, relative humidity and rainfall influence the accuracy of the method. The aim of this research was to investigate how these weather factors influence the measurement of enteric methane production by the SF6 technique. Six different cohorts of dairy cows (40 per cohort) were kept outdoors and fed a common diet during spring in 3 consecutive years. Methane production from individual cows was measured daily over the last 5 days of each 32-day perio..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Agriculture Victoria Research, Dairy Australia, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dairy Futures CRC.