Articles | Volume 63, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 211–218, 2020
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 211–218, 2020

Original study 02 Jul 2020

Original study | 02 Jul 2020

The relationship between methane emission and daytime-dependent fecal archaeol concentration in lactating dairy cows fed two different diets

Lisa-Marie Sandberg et al.

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Archaeol is a cell membrane lipid of methanogenic archaea excreted in feces. This study, based on respiration chamber measurements, revealed that fecal archaeol concentration offers some potential in serving as a proxy for individual methane emission but that it also cannot be implemented easily on a farm because diet composition, dry matter intake, and the time for fecal sampling have to be taken into account.