Data-driven cattle breeding strategy can cut methane emissions
Red meat processor ABP, which operates abattoirs across the UK, has carried out research to show how methane emissions can be reduced by adopting a more data-driven approach to breeding cattle.
The multi-year study involved more than 4,000 animals at the company’s demonstration farms in Shropshire and Ireland. It found a data-driven breeding strategy resulted in a 40% reduction in methane emissions, compared to ABP’s current average and additional returns of up to £100 per animal.
Data could be used to select animals which are more efficient at converting feed to protein, reach their target weight earlier and reduce their environmental footprint.