Ireland: research on reduction of methane by cattle

In Ireland research shows that breeding can have strong influence on the reduction of methane by cattle. The research with beef cattle showed large differences in daily methane emissions between animals fed the same diet, with 11 percent of these differences being traced to genetic differences. The 20 percent highest emitting animals genetically are expected to emit 30 percent more methane per day compared to the 20 percent lowest emitting animals. The research was done by Teagasc, South East Technological University (SETU), Munster Technological University (MTU) and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF).

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