This spreadsheet complements the Livestock Activity Data Guidance (L-ADG) published by the GRA and CCAFS. L-ADG provides suggestions on how to identify, collect and assess the activity data used to compile Tier 2 livestock GHG inventories for cattle and sheep. Here, activity data refers not only to livestock population data, but also to data on animal characteristics, management and performance that are used to calculate Tier 2 emission factors. In the process set out in L-ADG, the first step is to prepare a spreadsheet to record all available activity data, as a basis for assessing the availability of activity data on specific parameters required by the IPCC Tier 2 livestock model, and the types of inventory category that can be represented using the available data.
The spreadsheet file contains two suggested templates, one for livestock types where there has been no significant change in animal characteristics, management and performance over the inventory period, and one for livestock types where there has been significant change. The spreadsheet is Tool B.1 and can be found in the L-ADG. The template contains some illustrative contents that should be replaced by country-specific data when used. For further guidance on how to make effective use of the tool when compiling Tier 2 livestock GHG inventories, please refer to the main text of the L-ADG.