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27. March 2024

The cow – the climate killer?

The dairy industry is repeatedly criticised for being one of the main causes of climate change. Methane gas from cows and nitrous oxide from manure have been cited as major greenhouse gas emitters. However, new research findings show that the cow cannot be portrayed in such black and white terms.

Climate protection through sustainable agriculture

Agriculture as a whole plays an important role in the fight against climate change. Farmers can bind CO2 from the atmosphere through sustainable farming practices, such as the use of catch crops and the promotion of humus formation.

Reducing methane emissions

There are various ways to reduce methane emissions from cattle farming. These include, for example, optimising feeding in order to reduce methane emissions per cow.

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Reducing ammonia emissions

Ammonia (NH3) itself is not a greenhouse gas, but it still plays a major role in climate change.

Ammonia has an influence on the formation of greenhouse gases:

– Ammonia can be converted in the atmosphere to nitrous oxide (N2O), which is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of about 300 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2).

– Ammonia contributes to the acidification of soils and water bodies. This can lead to a reduction in CO2 absorption by plants and soils.

The formation of ammonia can already be influenced in the barn with a suitable walkway covering. The best possible separation of faeces and urine results in less NH³, which escapes into the atmosphere and can become nitrous oxide. A grooved floor like the N26 ALLEY separates liquids (urine) from more solid components (faeces) by allowing urine to flow through a

– a 6% gradient on the surfaces and

– the “veins” of the hammer blow profile

into the 1 cm deep grooves. Adapted flaps on the manure scraper create a consistently clean aisle with an optimised climate balance at an individually adjustable clearing frequency.

In addition, the N26 ALLEY flooring offers further advantages for animal welfare:

– Dry hooves for healthy hoof growth,

– Slip resistance maintains freedom of movement,

– The softness of the rubber flooring makes walking easy on the joints.

Dairy farming with a future

The dairy industry can therefore definitely be part of a sustainable future. It is important that farmers, politicians and consumers work together to reduce emissions from agriculture and at the same time protect animal husbandry and the environment.



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