Ecological specificities of the interaction between animal breeding and climate changes, caused by greenhouse gas emissions

  • O. Zhukorsky -
  • O. Nykyforuk -
  • N. Boltyk -
Keywords: natural resources, animal breeding, climate changes, greenhouse gases, dairy cattle breeding, pig breeding


Aim. Proper development of animal breeding in the conditions of current global problems and the decrease of anthropogenic burden on environment due to greenhouse gas emissions, caused by animal breeding activity, require the study of interaction processes between animal breeding and external climatic conditions. Methods. The theoretical substantiation of the problem was performed based on scientifi c literature, statistical informa- tion of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the data of the National greenhouse gas emissions inventory in Ukraine. Theoretically possible emissions of greenhouse gases into atmosphere due to animal breeding in Ukraine and specifi c farms are calculated by the international methods using the statistical infor- mation about animal breeding in Ukraine and the economic-technological information of the activity of the investigated farms. Results. The interaction between the animal breeding production and weather-and-climate conditions of environment was analyzed. Possible vectors of activity for the industry, which promote global warming and negative processes, related to it, were determined. The main factors, affecting the formation of greenhouse gases from the activity of enterprises, aimed at animal breeding production, were characterized. Literature data, statistical data and calculations were used to analyze the role of animal breeding in the green- house gas emissions in global and national framework as well as at the level of specifi c farms with the consid- eration of individual specifi cities of these farms. Conclusions. Current global problems require clear balance between constant development of sustainable animal breeding and the decrease of the carbon footprint due to the activity of animal breeding.
How to Cite
Zhukorsky, O., Nykyforuk, O., & Boltyk, N. (2017). Ecological specificities of the interaction between animal breeding and climate changes, caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Agricultural Science and Practice, 4(3), 62-72.