Reducing environmental impact of livestock

Animal production is responsible for 14.5% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Approximately half of these emissions originate directly from animal production, whereas the other half comes from feed production. Animal breeding aims at improving animal production and efficient use of resources, which results in a reduction of the environmental impact. The objective of this study was to quantify the contribution of animal breeding to reducing the environmental impact of the four major livestock species in the Netherlands (with their animal product), namely broilers (meat), laying hens (eggs), pigs (meat) and dairy cattle (milk).

Published results in this project are:

Mollenhorst, H. & de Haas, Y. (2019) The contribution of breeding to reduce environmental impact of animal production. WUR report:

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