Livestock

Did you know that 5% of sheep farmers and
35% of beef farmers say they are experiencing the effects of climate change now? And nearly 60% of livestock farmers say they expect to feel it in the next ten years?

More than other agricultural sectors, the livestock industry has felt the repercussions of the increased interest in emissions from farming and food. For beef and sheep farmers in particular, the big issue is methane. Methane is released from the digestive systems of ruminant livestock and from manures and slurries. This issue has been in the headlines recently and demonstrates how these issues (though often over-simplistically communicated) can capture the public’s attention. Although we cannot eliminate methane production from farming, it can be reduced through optimising the health, diet and breeding of beef and sheep. All farmers and growers can explore the potential for renewable energy generation. See our Renewables section for more information.

The great news is that over a third of livestock farmers are taking action to adapt to the changing climate. 44% of sheep farmers and 45 per cent % of beef farmers report that they are doing something to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their farm.

Are you part of the growing community that is taking action?

We’ve listed the fact sheets and case studies we feel would be most relevant to your work below.  You can see a full list of our resources here and it may also be useful for you to use our Interactive Google map to get up to date information and advice for your region.

Read our beef and sheep factsheet by clicking here.

Livestock - Blogs

  • Tue, 14/02/2017 - 10:09
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    City & Guilds has updated its Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines Certificate of Competence to reflect the growing awareness around the UK livestock sector of the need to respond to the antibiotic challenge. This qualification, which is open to...
  • Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:17
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    Key messages  Seek specialist, professional advice at an early stage of pad design.  A gently sloping, southfacing site is ideal, away from public view, with easy access to off-pad yard area or grass paddocks.  Only 5-10% of the...
  • Thu, 02/02/2017 - 07:52
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    Dr Liz Genever, AHDB Beef & Lamb senior livestock scientist, is calling on English sheep producers to take part in a new initiative that aims to understand the consequences of the rearing phase on the lifetime performance of ewes. Here she blogs...
  • Tue, 31/01/2017 - 14:32
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    Can increasing plant species richness in grassland maintain yield and improve soil carbon storage? Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Take home messages: Increasing grassland plant species richness can increase farmland...
  • Mon, 23/01/2017 - 15:05
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    Researchers at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) have been working with the Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland (Teagasc) to develop a new way of identifying how...

Livestock - Case Studies

Stephen Ramsden: Focus on wind energyLong before much of the farming world had acknowledged the benefits of renewable energy, Stephen Ramsden and his family took the plunge of installing...
Miles and Gail Fursdon: Focus on renewable energyMiles and Gail Fursdon created a micro-hydro system on their farm in 1995, using the power of the falling water to generate electricity. The...
J Hawley and Sons: Focus on BiodiversityLocated just outside Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Julia and Ian Hawley have created an oasis for wildlife. With only minimal investment they have...