Canada’s draft policy that would provide financial incentives to livestock producers to reduce methane from cattle aligns with the beef sector’s target to see those emissions reduced by a third by 2030.
But how well the federal government’s proposals will merge with the sector’s efforts, which have already resulted in Canadian beef producing half the emissions compared to all other major producing countries, will need to be seen as the beef industry prepares to weigh in.
Feeders already work on thin margins and are adept at finding efficiencies, she said, but the sector is always willing to find more.
“Whether this protocol helps drive that, we’ll find out,” said Downing. “We have a very innovative, progressive group of cattle feeders who are always looking for ways to improve and maintain the sustainability of their operations.”