Journal article

Evaluating Dispersion Modeling Options to Estimate Methane Emissions from Grazing Beef Cattle

Sean M McGinn, Thomas K Flesch, Trevor W Coates, Ed Charmley, Deli Chen, Mei Bai, Greg Bishop-Hurley

Journal of Environmental Quality | AMER SOC AGRONOMY | Published : 2015

Abstract

Enteric methane (CH) emission from cattle is a source of greenhouse gas and is an energy loss that contributes to production inefficiency for cattle. Direct measurements of enteric CH emissions are useful to quantify the magnitude and variation and to evaluate mitigation of this important greenhouse gas source. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the impact of stocking density of cattle and source configuration (i.e., point source vs. area source and elevation of area source) on CH emissions from grazing beef cattle in Queensland, Australia. This was accomplished using nonintrusive atmospheric measurements and a gas dispersion model. The average measured CH emission for the point a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Program, the Canadian AGGP Program, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Growing Forward Program.