Beef cattle production and quantification of carbon emissions: an analysis in Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil

  • Letícia Paludo Vargas Universidade Federal de Santa María
  • Vicente Celestino Pires Silveira Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Abstract

This paper analyzes the socioeconomic and environmental impacts caused by an extensive beef cattle production system. A case study was conducted in Estância do 28, owned by Fundação Maronna and located in Área de Proteção Ambiental do Ibirapuitã, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. IPCC software was the main methodology used to analyze and quantify carbon emissions from the system. Data collected in Estância do 28 during the years 2010, 2011, and 2012, were analyzed to assess the environmental impacts of full cycle meat production on the farm. The emissions considered are derived from enteric fermentation in the cattle, land use changes and animal organic wastes. Analysis of the data revealed that emissions from this beef cattle operation fall within the limits found in other studies.

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Author Biographies

Letícia Paludo Vargas, Universidade Federal de Santa María
Zootecnista. Doutoranda do Programa de Pós-graduação em Extensão Rural – PPGExR - UFSM. Departamento de Educação Agrícola e Extensão Rural. Faixa de Camobi, Km 09 – Campus, Prédio 44, Sala 5106, CEP: 97105-900 - Santa Maria, RS, Brasil.
Vicente Celestino Pires Silveira, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
Médico Veterinário. PhD Manejo de Recursos pela Edinburgh University – Scotland. Professor do Departamento de Educação Agrícola e Extensão Rural e do Programa de Pós-graduação em Extensão Rural - PPGExR- UFSM. Faixa de Camobi, Km 09 – Campus, Prédio 44, Sala 5110, CEP: 97105-900 - Santa Maria, RS
Published
2014-09-28
How to Cite
Vargas, Letícia Paludo, and Vicente Celestino Pires Silveira. 2014. “Beef Cattle Production and Quantification of Carbon Emissions: An Analysis in Rio Grande Do Sul State, Brazil”. Latin American Archives of Animal Production 23 (1-2). https://ojs.alpa.uy/index.php/ojs_files/article/view/2340.
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Original paper