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Iowa-angus

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I was having an argument with a person on another forum about how much methane cows produce.
I was wondering how much cows do produce, and how much it would impact the environment.
 

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Iowa..found this on a website:


How much gas does a cow produce in its lifetime?
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Not sure, but . . .
I can tell you with a high degree of certainty how much a cow produces in a year.

Although the amounts vary from cow to cow depending upon many variables, including the quality of the feed given to the animals, a dairy cow cranks out about 142 kilograms of methane per year. (The U.S. EPA says it's more like 100 kg/yr.) Beef cattle don't fart as prolifically, squeezing out only about a little more than half as much methane, 76 kg/yr.

Note that those figures DO NOT take into consideration the amount of methane produced by the decomposition of manure.
 

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Or how much methane is produced from all the bull on these boards.
 

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On that other board, I assume you are arguing about global warming. You need to make sure you argue about "man made" global warming.
Whatever methane cattle produce it is a small fraction of what 6 million buffalo produced back when this land was "pristine".
 

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john250":24aootx3 said:
On that other board, I assume you are arguing about global warming. You need to make sure you argue about "man made" global warming.
Whatever methane cattle produce it is a small fraction of what 6 million buffalo produced back when this land was "pristine".

An indian scout with a "good nose" could always find the buffalo. :lol: :lol:
 

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