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Ruminant Livestock Emissions, photo collage.Resources and Tools

EPA’s Non-CO2 Gases and Sequestration Branch has developed the following educational information and tools to evaluate the impact of livestock production on methane emissions. View the list of available materials below and make your selection.

  • Interactive Farm Poster. View two livestock operations that are each managed in different ways and see if you can identify the problems with one and the good management practices in the other.
  • Methane Measurement From Ruminants: The SF6 Technique. A slide presentation on one of the latest technologies to measure methane emissions from livestock
  • Livestock Analysis Model (LAM) Software. Downloadable software and user manual that allows you to:
    • Characterize cattle and buffalo populations driven by the supply and demand for livestock products: milk, meat, and draft power.
    • Evaluate the impact of changes in production characteristics on a population of cattle and buffalo.
    • Evaluate baseline and future methane emissions from cattle and buffalo populations.

      Please note that this model is somewhat dated now, but still useful for initial screening studies. Keep an eye on “Recent Additions” and this section for information on updates to the farm modeling software that are currently under development.
  • Global Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship by Ruminant Livestock Producers PDF (PDF, 19 pp., 425 KB, About PDF) . A comprehensive education program developed in collaboration with the Future Farmers of America.


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