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

  • Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:07
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    Food waste no longer suitable for human consumption can be used for animal feed purposes and the amount processed can be doubled in the EU, according to EFFPA. However, feed safety should be maintained at all costs. The potential to use an increased...
  • Thu, 20/04/2017 - 11:19
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    For many consumers, buying a gallon of milk is much more complex than finding the preferred fat content and expiration date. They want to know how the cows were treated, what they were fed, whether they received growth hormones or antibiotics,...
  • Thu, 20/04/2017 - 07:40
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    Food supply chain theory and practice assumes that the processes involved are legal and value adding. In this paper, using examples from the UK halal (sheep) meat supply chain, we outline a value extracting value chain through a mixed methods...
  • Wed, 19/04/2017 - 09:15
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    A study conducted at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in spring 2015 explored the effects of spatial arrangements of bi-crop mixtures of wheat and beans with different growth characteristics on resource use efficiency and forage quality. 4...
  • Tue, 18/04/2017 - 10:33
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    During a recent discussion regarding how best to integrate livestock into cereal rotations, it suddenly struck me how specialised agricultural staff have now become and that the days of the multi-talented ‘General Farm Worker’ now seems...

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...