The impact of livestock production is increasingly being pointed out in the context of global warming. Indeed, the livestock sector represents a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mainly methane (CH4).
The LIFE-Dairyclim project, funded by Europe, started on 1 October 2015 and will continue for 4 years. Its objective is to reduce methane emissions by optimizing the ration of dairy cows and to reduce the carbon footprint of the milk produced by enhancing grazing.

It is structured around two axes:

  • The development of feeding strategies at the farm level that lead to a reduction in methane emissions and their adaptation during grazing periods.
  • The quantification of the economic and ecological impact of grazing is the subject of the 2nd part of the project.

Several partners are collaborating on this project with the University of Liège, which is the coordinator:

  • the firm Dumoulin, industrial partner,
  • the University of Aarhus (Denmark),
  • the Luxembourg breeders’ association (Convis),
  • the CRAw of Gembloux.