Ruminant livestock make a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and livestock production can account for up to 15% of greenhouse gases produced worldwide according to various scientific studies. As methane is a potentially harmful greenhouse gas there is a global interest in reducing the amount of methane produced.
Methane production in the rumen is related to many biological processes: Feed intake, Body weight, Rumination, Milk yield, Milk composition etc., and the largest proportion of methane production comes from enteric fermentation while a smaller proportion comes from anaerobic digestion in liquid manure. Moreover, up to 90% of methane gas is produced in the rumen of the animal. By designing a more climate-friendly cow that eats less, but produces the same output, goes hand in hand with reducing methane emissions. VikingGenetics is contributing a reliable solution to tackle climate change challenges.