An international network focused on ruminant feed and nutrition issues in relation to greenhouse gasses.

FNN – The Network on ‘Feed and Nutrition in Relation to Greenhouse Gas Emissions’

An activity of the Livestock Research Group within the Global Research Alliance

The Feed and Nutrition Network (FNN) has been approved as a Livestock Research Group (LRG) activity in 2011 in Amsterdam.

The start-up workshop (1-3 September 2012, Zurich), jointly organized by Switzerland and the Netherlands (countries currently leading), with representatives from 14 out of the 23 countries participating in FNN, was be followed by a 2nd FNN meeting in Dublin in June 2013 (satellite meeting to 5th GGAA conference) and 3rd FNN meeting in Kansas City, MO in July 2014 (satellite meeting to the ADSA/ASAS 2014 meeting).

Why do we need the FNN?

  • Agricultural greenhouse gasses (GHG) contribute ~15% of total anthropogenic GHG worldwide
  • CH4 as potent agricultural GHG, mainly from livestock, mainly form enteric fermentation in ruminants
  • CH4 mitigation by nutritional measures: one of the most intensively researched areas in GHG mitigation
  • Huge number of (potentially) promising dietary intervention options, need for tailor-made options
  • Greater international coordination and collaboration necessary to make the highest possible use of research results & transfer to stake-holders

FNN member countries

Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

Current lead of FNN: United States and The Netherlands

New member countries are welcome!

Scope of the Network

Build on, and utilize, the huge body of work available on mitigation of enteric methane (and nitrogen excretion) from ruminants by feed and nutrition to develop sound recommendations for stake-holders and identify future research priorities.

Goals of the Network

  • Summarize and evaluate the available data on mitigating GHG emissions of ruminants by nutritional means (current focus: CH4)
  • Develop sound recommendations on CH4 mitigation by nutritional means for stakeholders
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and focus research on priority issues

Activities of the Network Include

  • Global Network Project
  • Database activity: updating and extension of existing databases in collaboration with official partners of GRA. Focus: enteric CH4 emissions. In future extension to data on nitrogen excretion foreseen.
  • Production of best (management) practices lists to be used for conducting and assessing in vitro and in vivo experiments. Extension of in vitro list to critical review on interpretation of in vitro work and with recommendations on characterization of feed foreseen.
  • Collaboration with other networks within LRG (e.g. manure network) foreseen