Methane reduction potential highlighted

Methane reduction potential highlighted

Monday, November 21, 2011

The potential for reducing methane emissions from livestock is a significant new inclusion in an updated version of British Seed Houses' technical guide on Aber® High Sugar Grasses.

The booklet highlights on-going research at IBERS Aberystwyth University including work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the current research is part of the Defra-sponsored Sustainable Livestock Production (SLP) LINK programme.

The number of Aber HSG varieties on the NIAB Recommended List has grown to 10 and uptake of the British-bred ryegrasses is now global, with commercial success in Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand.

According to British Seed Houses Agriculture Director Paul Billings, interest is being driven by environmental benefits as well as those relating to more efficient production.

"There's no doubt that from livestock farmers' perspectives it is the increased milk yields and liveweight gains that attract them to Aber High Sugar Grasses," says Paul Billings. "But the improved grass utilisation efficiency that generates these production gains also leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.  

For a copy of the booklet see


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