A basic model to predict enteric methane emission from dairy cows and its application to update operational models for the national inventory in Norway
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionAnimals. 2021, 11 (7), . https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11071891
Many techniques exist to quantify enteric methane (CH4) emissions from dairy cows. Since measurement on the entire national cow populations is not possible, it is necessary to use estimates for national inventory reporting. This study aimed to develop (1) a basic equation of enteric CH4 emissions from individual animals based on feed intake and nutrient contents of the diet, and (2) to update the operational way of calculation used in the Norwegian National Inventory Report based on milk yield and concentrate share of the diet. An international database containing recently published data was used for this updating process. By this the accuracy of the CH4 production estimates included in the national inventory was improved.