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Efficient cow-calf farming leads to lower carbon emissions, study says


Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Blair Fannin

Direct links can be found between farm efficiency and carbon emissions and sequestration, according to “Factors Affecting Cow-Calf Herd Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

This paper provides the first study on the relationship between cow-calf farm efficiency and environmental consequences as indicated by net greenhouse gas emission. Results suggest that for the cow-calf industry, pursuing farm efficiency aligns with environmental protection goals.