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ClimateSmart Agriculture: Livestock Systems


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24 Hours




Start Dates

November 12, 2023 | February 18, 2024

Registration Deadlines

February 15, 2024

About this microcredential

Greenhouse gases (GHGs), including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), absorb radiation from the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere, effectively acting like a greenhouse or a layer of insulation for Earth. In Canada, 10% of GHG emissions are from crop and livestock production, excluding emissions from the use of fossil fuels or from fertilizer production. In Prince Edward Island, this number increases to 23% of GHG emissions.  Of these emissions, livestock production represents a considerable source of GHG emissions; from enteric methane, to methane from liquid manure storages, to the GHG emissions from livestock feed production (grains and forages).  However, animal agriculture can have a positive impact on the environment and the climate, depending on management practices.

Prerequisite (Recommended): ClimateSmart Agriculture: Fundamentals

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

​​​​By the end of this training, learners will develop farm-specific strategies for a livestock farming operation that reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration.

​The assessment for this microcredential will require learners to build upon the strategies developed in the Climate Smart Agriculture Fundamentals microcredential with strategies specific to a livestock farming operation, including:

  • Refine Climate Smart livestock agricultural goals for their operation;
  • Justify the choice of livestock farm-specific strategies to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration, using research and existing best practices;
  • Develop an implementation plan for chosen strategies.

​To develop competency, learners will:

  • Observe current and emerging practices;
  • Explore farm-specific strategies to prioritize and implement beneficial management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration, including:
    • Livestock nutrition and feeding strategies to increase efficiency, profits and reduce emissions (including novel supplementation strategies);
    • ​Advanced grazing management to reduce methane emissions and increase carbon sequestration;
    • Pasture assessment including soil health;
    • Management of liquid manures (both in storage and in-field application);
    • Livestock-cropland integration for cover crop management and soil fertility.
  • Select strategies that align with an operation’s goals; anticipate the impact of implementing chosen strategies; measure success of strategies.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

This microcredential introduces the main sources of GHG emissions in livestock systems (enteric fermentation, forage production, and manure) and will assist learners in identifying livestock management practices to reduce GHG emissions and sequester carbon. Based on current research and best practices, learners will develop farm-specific strategies for their livestock operation that reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration.