Animal Science, Department of


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Published in 2021 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska Extension Publication MP110


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A study was conducted to evaluate the impact of feeding biochar growing diets on cattle performance and methane and carbon dioxide emissions. Two treatments were evaluated, a forage- based control diet without biochar and a diet with biochar included at 0.8% of the diet dry matter, replacing ! ne ground corn in the supplement. Pens of cattle were rotated through a two- sided emissions barn (2 pens evaluated simultaneously) to capture CH4 and CO2 production. " ere were no statistical differences in performance or gas emissions for steers fed a biochar supplemented diet compared to control. Numerically, biochar supplemented steers had a 2.9% improvement in feed conversion and 3.4% increase in gas emissions compared to control steers.