Produce More Emit Less: Reducing GHG Emissions From Livestock Production

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Produce More Emit Less: Reducing GHG Emissions From Livestock Production

Canada has set a target to reduce methane emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels. Approximately 30% of the country’s total methane emissions stem from the agricultural sector, with beef and dairy cattle accounting for nearly all of these emissions. Canada plays a significant role as a beef exporter, and the potential additional expenses associated with methane emission reductions could impact its competitiveness in the global market. This raises the critical question of whether we can concurrently ensure the profitability of our ranches while mitigating emissions.

In our Special Speaker Series, we will delve into the challenges and opportunities associated with reducing methane emissions within Canada’s diverse beef and dairy sector. Our expert speakers will guide a range of mitigation strategies and best management practices specifically designed to decrease methane emissions in animal and dairy production subsectors. Our panel of experts will offer valuable insights into the intricate and varied farming practices across different regions, taking into account factors such as animal types, feed systems, and waste management. We will explore the effectiveness of various strategies in mitigating methane emissions and assess the economic feasibility of implementing these measures on farms.

Our discussion will also explore cutting-edge research, technological advancements, and practical solutions that can help address the challenges encountered in reducing methane emissions. We invite you to join us and gain insights into the latest developments in the policy landscape related to methane reduction, including regulatory frameworks, government initiatives, and incentives that promote sustainable agricultural practices.


Dr. Tim A. McAllister, Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Dr. John Basarab, Associate Professor, Livestock Genetics/Genomics, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta
Dr. Gabriel Ribeiro, Assistant Professor and Saskatchewan Beef Industry Chair, University of Saskatchewan


Brandy Yanchyk, Independent documentary filmmaker and journalist

The Simpson Centre mobilizes research for better policymaking and decision-making to realize a more sustainable agricultural industry. Strengthening the sustainability of agri-food and agribusiness means increasing food production to feed a growing global population, while attending to social and health impacts and the natural environment. We connect researchers, everyday people, industry stakeholders and government actors to scientific issues critical to the future of Canada’s agricultural and food system.

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