Dämmgen, Ulrich2; Schulz, Joachim3; Klausing, Heinrich Kleine4; Hutchings, Nicholas J5; Haenel, Hans-Dieter2; Rösemann, Claus2
1 Department of Agroecology - Climate and Water, Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University2 Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut3 Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen4 Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer GmbH5 Department of Agroecology - Climate and Water, Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
Methane emissions from enteric fermentation of pigs are object of emission reporting. Hitherto they were treated as part of the energy balance of pigs, in accordance with IPCC guidance documents. They were calculated from the gross energy intake rate and a constant methane conversion ratio. Meanwhile numerous experimental data on methane emissions from enteric fermentation is available in Germany and abroad; the results are compiled in this work. These results also allow for a description of transformation processes in the hind gut and a subsequent establishment of models that relate emissions to feed and performance data. The model by Kirchgeßner et al. (1995) is based on German experimental data and reflects typical national diet compositions. It is used to quantify typical emissions and methane conversion ratios. The results agree with other experimental findings at home and abroad. The application of the model results in emission rates that fall below those calculated with the IPCC standard procedures by about one fifth.