New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production
Climate change / East Africa / Emission Factors / Environment / GHG Emissions / Greenhouse Gas / Kenya / Livestock / LIVESTOCKCRP / Mazingira / SLS

New study finds that severe undernutrition of cattle increases their methane production

A study by researchers at the International ILRI, and partners in Germany investigated the effects of moderate to severe levels of feeding below an animal’s energy requirement on enteric methane production in young Boran steers. The study found that methane produced by an animal per unit feed intake increases as the amount of feed consumed by an animal decreases. Continue reading

Setting up a soil analytical laboratory at University of Kabianga
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Setting up a soil analytical laboratory at University of Kabianga

The Restoring African Degraded Landscaped (ReDEAL) project is an interdisciplinary and collaboratively coordinated research project that aims at helping smallholder to avoid further and possibly reverse land degradation without compromising livelihoods and food production. The project partners are Lancaster University, University of Manchester, CIFOR, ILRI and the university of Kabianga. Part of the project is … Continue reading

Senior Kenya government officials visit ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station
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Senior Kenya government officials visit ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station

Originally posted on ILRI news:
https://flic.kr/p/2iFrCNC Jimmy Smith (centre), Dieter Schillinger (second right) and Sita Ghimire (right) with Kenya government officials who recently visited the Kapiti Research Station (photo credit: ILRI/Paul Karaimu). Three senior Kenya government officials visited the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Research Station on 18 Mar 2020. Ambassador Samuel Gitonga, director…

ILRI trains East Africa officials on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems
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ILRI trains East Africa officials on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Livestock production is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. But global estimates of these emissions are based on emission factors from developed countries. There is limited data on emissions from livestock systems in developing countries, which has contributed to a lagging of climate-change adaptation and mitigation…

ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle
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ILRI ‘eWeigh’ mobile phone app to help farmers accurately estimate live weight of their cattle

Originally posted on ILRI news:
One of the most important and revealing attributes of livestock is their live weight. This single measurement can help farmers effectively manage their stock and is critical for making informed decisions on aspects of animal production such as feed rations, market value, administration of veterinary drugs and mating times. For…

Where does the methane in the atmosphere come from?
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Where does the methane in the atmosphere come from?

In February 2020 a team from ILRI’s Mazingira Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London and Cambridge University went on a trip through Southern Kenya to sample air. Sampling air may sound arbitrary yet the bigger aim of this field campaign was to derive samples from livestock including cattle, sheep, goats and camels as well as … Continue reading

Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region
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Changing landscapes call for new pathways in livestock development in Ethiopia’s Afar region

Originally posted on Sustainable livestock systems:
Livestock production is the main source of livelihood in the pastoral lands of Afar in northeastern Ethiopia. But the traditional livestock-keeping way of life there has been severely affected by climate change in recent years. Rainfall has become unpredictable, and the area has been hit by unprecedented droughts and…