Direct greenhouse gas emissions of the game industry in South Africa

Show simple item record Du Toit, Cornelius Jacobus Lindeque Meissner, H.H. Van Niekerk, Willem A. 2014-05-05T12:40:59Z 2014-05-05T12:40:59Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Previous greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories did not include game as an emissions source. Recently game farming has become a recognized commercial enterprise in the agricultural sector in South Africa, contributing approximately R10 billion to the sectorial gross domestic product. The objective of this study was to estimate methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from privately owned game animals based on international recognized methodologies. The emissions were calculated on the basis of a large stock unit (LSU) selecting different quality diets. Daily enteric methane emissions were estimated as 0.28, 0.22, and 0.18 kg CH4/LSU/day consuming diets of 55%, 65% and 75% digestibility, respectively. The game industry contributed an estimated 131.9 Giga grams (Gg) of methane annually to agricultural emissions with the provinces of Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape being the three largest contributors with 43.4, 37.3 and 21 Gg methane, respectively. The total privately owned game population was estimated at 299 1370 animals, utilizing 20.5 million hectares. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation of South Africa and the RMRD SA. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Du Toit, CJL, Meissner, HH & Van Niekerk, WA 2013, 'Direct greenhouse gas emissions of the game industry in South Africa', South African Journal of Animal Science, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 376-393. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0375-1589 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2221-4062 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4314/sajas.v43i3.10
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Society for Animal Science en_US
dc.rights Copyright resides with the authors in terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 South African Licence. en_US
dc.subject Methane en_US
dc.subject Nitrous oxide en_US
dc.subject Wildlife en_US
dc.subject Emission factors en_US
dc.title Direct greenhouse gas emissions of the game industry in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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