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.