Texas A&M Kingsville researchers aim to cut emissions from livestock

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is working to reduce the environmental impact of livestock, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US.

Last week, the university was awarded more than $4.7 million to help ranchers raise and raise animals that produce less methane through a USDA program aimed at expanding markets for “climate-smart” commodities. This year, USDA has invested more than $3.1 billion in projects across the country.

“What we’re trying to do is look for cattle that are more sustainable by producing less methane emissions, and we’re doing that through genetic evaluation,” said researcher and assistant professor Ann Staiger.

Through their natural digestive process, animals produce methane, a greenhouse gas that can affect the earth’s temperature and climate. Due to human-related activities, such as agriculture, methane concentrations in the atmosphere have more than doubled in the last two centuries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *