BSAS President showcases livestock emissions work to global audience

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Posted on December 08, 2017

BSAS president Richard Dewhurst has been helping audiences around the world learn about the potential for livestock science to help reduce global emissions.

Professor Dewhurst, head of the Future Farming Systems group at SRUC, was interviewed by global news agency Reuters about the work being done at GreenCow - SRUC’s award-winning livestock greenhouse gas research facilities.

The segment, titled ‘Battle of the Belch: Cutting Methane from Cattle’, looked at the ways science is helping livestock to become more environmentally efficient.

It showed how Prof Dewhurst and other SRUC researchers have discovered that animal diet and breeding strategies could help cut methane emissions from cows.

It also saw Prof Dewhurst dispel a common myth that most methane emissions come from the back end of cows, when 95% actually come from the front.

We were very pleased to welcome Reuters to Easter Howgate to film the amazing set-up at GreenCow, which will help to raise the profile of this hugely important study,” he said.

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions goes hand in hand with efficient, productive livestock farming and GreenCow has allowed us to identify a number of things that will help to reduce methane emissions. 

“This includes animal diet and breeding strategies which could eventually make a big difference to global food security.”

Established in 2011, GreenCow is currently in the second year of a five-year programme of funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) division.

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