Using Napier grass in animal feed could cut emissions

Using Napier grass in animal feed could cut emissions

Courtesy Lancaster University

Napier grass, used in animal feed in Africa, could boost milk production while reducing carbon emissions

While attempting to estimate the potential climate impacts of agricultural expansion in East Africa, a team of researchers from Wageningen and Lancaster universities determined that the use of native Napier grass in animal feed could actually decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the region. The native grass also increased milk yields by 44-51%, roughly the same amount as when local cattle were fed traditional Western diets including corn silage. The traditional diets, however, stood to increase greenhouse gas emissions from African dairies, which still lack the efficiencies of industrialized agriculture.