Our solution to address the existing challenges in ruminant agriculture is to focus at the farm level on assessing and then improving animal productivity. The productivity of ruminant production systems varies widely across the world, as does enteric methane emissions per unit of production. However, the relationship between animal productivity and enteric methane emissions offers large opportunities for low-cost mitigation and widespread social and economic benefits.
We respond to these opportunities by using farm level assessments to identify the most effective options for improving the per animal productivity, specifically seeking options to optimize greenhouse gas emissions per unit of product. The USEPA points to this as a win/win situation; “The most promising approach for reducing methane emissions from livestock is by improving the productivity and efficiency of livestock production. Greater efficiency of livestock production can increase profitability and be good for the environment at the same time.”
Our first priority is an accurate assessment of actual farm-level GHG emissions. RuMeth uses its proprietary tools (RMET and RMA) to objectively measure farm-level data, using it to calculate annual GHG emissions from individual operations – as opposed to models based on generalized production parameters. RuMeth uses these calculations to identify productive weaknesses and inefficiencies that can be addressed to improve productivity and reduce emissions intensity.