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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Short communication: Identifying key parameters for modelling the impacts of livestock health conditions on greenhouse gas emissions

Kipling, R.P.; Bannink, A.; Bartley, D.J.; Blanco Penedo, Isabel; Faverdin, P.; Graux, A.-I.; Hutchings, N.J.; Kyriazakis, I.; Macleod, M; Østergaard, S.; Robinson, T.P.; Vitali, A.; Vosough Ahmadi, B.; Özkan Gülzar, S.


Improved animal health can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity in livestock systems while increasing productivity. Integrated modelling of disease impacts on farm-scale emissions is important in identifying effective health strategies to reduce emissions. However, it requires that modellers understand the pathways linking animal health to emissions and how these might be incorporated into models. A key barrier to meeting this need has been the lack of a framework to facilitate effective exchange of knowledge and data between animal health experts and emissions modellers. Here, these two communities engaged in workshops, online exchanges and a survey to i) identify a comprehensive list of disease-related model parameters and ii) test its application to evaluating models. Fifty-six parameters were identified and proved effective in assessing the potential of farm-scale models to characterise livestock disease impacts on GHG emissions. Easy wins for the emissions models surveyed include characterising disease impacts related to feeding.


Agricultural modelling; Climate change; Dairy production; Greenhouse gas emissions; Livestock health

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2021, volume: 15, number: 1, article number: 100023

Authors' information

Kipling, R.P.
Aberystwyth University
Bannink, A.
Wageningen University and Research
Bartley, D.J.
Moredun Research Institute
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences
Faverdin, P.
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
Graux, A.-I.
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
Hutchings, N.J.
Aarhus University
Kyriazakis, I.
Queen's University Belfast
Macleod, M
Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Østergaard, S.
Aarhus University
Robinson, T.P.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Vitali, A.
University of Tuscia
Vosough Ahmadi, B.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Özkan Gülzar, S.
Wageningen University and Research

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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