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Climate change and cattle farming

Statham, Jonathan M.E.; Green, Martin J.; Husband, James; Huxley, J.N.


Jonathan M.E. Statham

Professor of Cattle Health & Epidemiology

James Husband

J.N. Huxley


Issues raised by cattle farming in relation to climate change extend beyond discussion of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. There are profound consequences for water availability, soil degradation, biodiversity and local ecology, as well as in terms of conflict for energy supplies. Although climate change impacts on cattle farming (through effects on water availability, heat stress and flooding, for example), this article focuses on how cattle farming impacts on climate change. It explores the issues in terms of the impact of cattle farming on the environment, and how to measure and reduce climate change impacts at farm level. Managing the complex and conflicting balance of factors required for sustainable food production offers an important role for the veterinary surgeon.


Statham, J. M., Green, M. J., Husband, J., & Huxley, J. (2017). Climate change and cattle farming. In Practice, 39(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 2, 2016
Publication Date Jan 31, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 7, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 7, 2017
Journal In Practice
Print ISSN 0263-841X
Electronic ISSN 2042-7689
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 1
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