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J Dairy Sci. 1995 Dec;78(12):2760-6.

Methane and carbon dioxide emissions from dairy cows in full lactation monitored over a six-month period.

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Centre for Food and Animal Research, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Abstract

Methane and CO2 emissions from a herd of 118 lactating cows were measured directly by continuous monitoring with an infrared gas analyzer from 24 gas sampling locations. A total of 112 d of gas output was recorded between June 1993 and November 1993. Recordings were integrated at .5-h intervals, so that there were 48 data points for each 24-h period. The mean 24-h CH4 emission per cow was 587 +/- 61.3 L; the range was 436 to 721 L. The mean 24-h CO2 emission per cow was 6137 +/- 505 L, and the range was 5032 to 7427 L. These values were not corrected for gas emissions from stored manure, which contributed 5.8 and 6.1%, respectively, to CH4 and CO2 output under conditions of this experiment.

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