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Breeding Sheep for Less Emissions – new initiative is called Grass to Gas

Livestock has come under fire for emissions. Cows are the most famous but sheep are feeling the heat too. The gas they emit when they. . . emit gas contributes heavily to global emissions so scientists are beginning to breed sheep that emit less called the Grass to Gas initiative.

The initiative will focus on two vectors, feeds efficiency and methane emissions. They will be looking to identify and create tools that will measure or predict these issues and will run for three years. During this time, sheep who produce less methane will be selected for breeding so that they may carry on those genes.

This won’t solve the problem overnight but it is a step in the right direction. With continued effort and support, we may see a reduction in the problem in the future.

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