Greenhouse gas emissions from dairy production

The Dairy Greenhouse Gas Model: A tool for estimating the greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint of dairy production systems
C. Alan Rotz and Felipe Montes, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

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The Problem

Animal agriculture is a recognized source of …

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Pasture fallowing

Pasture plant cover and seed bank composition on a Maryland farm after fallowing
Dr. Sarah Goslee, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research
 Unit

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Background

Pasture fallowing is the practice of leaving pastures ungrazed for a period to encourage grass reseeding and increase pasture diversity. This …

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Sward structure and bite mass

Does sward structure affect bite mass of grazing cattle?
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit)

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Summary

Dry matter intake (DMI) is a key factor for animal performance in pasture-based systems. While pasture DMI depends greatly on forage quality and availability, forage …

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Biofuels research

Management and Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Crop Production
Dr. Paul R. Adler, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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Background

The focus of the program has been on the potential use of marginal croplands for biofuel production conducting research at multiple scales on the …

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Integrated Farming Systems

Integrated Farming Systems Research: Developing Profitable and Environmentally Sound Farming Systems for Animal Production
Dr. Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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More Sustainable Farms are Needed

Dairy and beef farms are major contributors to the economy of the northeast region. Increasing production …

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