October 14, 2020   •   News

How Dairy Cattle Health Impacts Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Chile, Kenya & UK

In 2019, the Food and Agriculture Organization and Global Dairy Platform published a report entitled, ‘Climate Change and the Global Dairy Cattle Sector’. This global review identified improved cattle health as one key action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock production. This new research pilot study report shows considerable potential for long-term and lasting cost-effective mitigation of GHG emissions in Chile, Kenya and UK dairy production through implementation of key Animal Health Improvement Measures (AHIM). The potential to include these improvements in a country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be influenced by the design of its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system, including its GHG inventory. Work will continue in the areas of economics and in MRV system requirements in order to include cattle health interventions in NDCs.