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Title: A Case Study Assessment of the Carbon Footprint of Sheep Production Systems in California
Contributor(s): Dougherty, H C  (author)orcid ; Oltjen, J W (author); Mitloehner, F M (author); Rodrigues, K A (author); Kebreab, E (author)
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstract: •California is the nation's leading producer of market sheep
•Most sheep in CA spend at least part of their life on rangeland, as part of a wide variety of diverse systems
•The environmental impact of these systems is unknown
•Life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint calculations can be used to measure the efficiency and environmental impacts of livestock production
•California-specific LCAs have been conducted (e.g. Stackhouse-Lawson et al. (2012) for beef production and DeLonge(2016) for wool)
•The environmental impact of sheep meat production in other countries has been studied, but not for the US
•Reducing carbon footprint is highly correlated with increasing production efficiency and profitability
•A case study based method will allow for the calculation and comparison of the carbon footprints of different production system types
•Baseline resource use and carbon footprint data from different sectors of the California sheep industry would allow producers to assess current environmental impacts
•This data would help producers improve production efficiency and reduce environmental impact while maintaining the health of native rangelands
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 4th Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium, Davis, CA, USA, March 23-24, 2017
Source of Publication: p. 1-1
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
070204 Animal Nutrition
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300205 Agricultural production systems simulation
410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring
300303 Animal nutrition
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830310 Sheep - Meat
839802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Production
839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100412 Sheep for meat
190302 Management of greenhouse gas emissions from animal production
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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