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Through worldwide, transdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, farmers, partners and policymakers, we create groundbreaking solutions for agriculture and the environment using feed additives, ration balancing, technology and data modeling. Our scalable holistic solutions ensure the health of planet, people and livestock.

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Dairy systems monitoring is a powerful tool to inform dairy producer decision making, and model nutrient use and greenhouse gas emissions on farms. Cornell is a leading developer of data collection and management systems to support monitoring. 

Horned cattle on a typical smallholder farm in India, a country which is home to more than 300 million cattle and 85 million small farms.

The ability of dairy cattle to efficiently harness nutrients for milk production is key to reducing methane intensity and boosting dairy profitability. Working with international partners, we help smallholder dairies in South Asia and Africa improve their cattle and buffalo nutrition.

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Feed additives that reduce ruminal methanogenesis is a fast approach to lower methane emissions from dairy production systems. By defining the mode of action for these additives and accelerating efficacy and safety testing, we encourage their development and adoption.

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Manure from livestock agriculture represents a source of greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide, and nutrient waste such as phosphorus and nitrogen. We are committed to identifying farm management practices that best mitigate these negative environmental outcomes.

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Monitoring and measuring methane emissions from cattle are part of the Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification plan required by any approach that reduces enteric methane emissions. We are strategically positioned to validate methane sensor technologies, including their protocols of use.

Cornell CALS Livestock Innovations at COP 28

CALS Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology Joseph McFadden conducted a press conference at the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 10., titled “Accelerating Livestock Innovations for Sustainability: Fast-tracking safe and effective enteric methane mitigation solutions."

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State-of-the-art techniques to reduce climate-warming cow methane

New climate-controlled animal respiration stalls in CALS – the only ones currently operating in the U.S. – will allow researchers to measure, verify and monitor methane and other gas emissions from cows.

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Methane is one of the greenhouse gasses responsible for climate change, and it is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a driver of global warming. At the same time, 14.5% of methane emissions each year come from ruminants such as cows...
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Joseph McFadden

Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology

Animal Science

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow

Joseph McFadden
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Julio Giordano

Associate Professor

Animal Science

Julio Giordano
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Quirine Ketterings

Professor

Animal Science

Quirine Ketterings
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Thomas Overton

Department Chair, Professor

Animal Science

Program Director

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Thomas Overton
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Kristan Reed

Assistant Professor

Animal Science

Kristan Reed
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Michael Van Amburgh

Professor

Animal Science

Michael Van Amburgh

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