COWS are being bred so they are kinder to the planet — by making them parp less often.
Eco-friendly herds will produce less methane that can be so damaging to the environment.
Cows are being bred so they are kinder to the planet — by making them parp less often[/caption]
Dairy cattle’s belches and bottom burps account for 14 per cent of global warming gases.
Cows, like sheep and goats, are ruminants with multi-chambered stomachs, which help digest food through fermentation and are full of methane-creating bacteria.
Each day a cow can produce 160 litres to 320 litres of the gas, which has 28 times the global warming potential of CO2.
Scientists are locating those cows that produce the least amount of methane and they will breed them into existing herds.
Experts are also testing fart-free feed.
Barrie Turner, from the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, said: “We’ve been working on this since 2015.
“We’re building up genomic profiles to select the most carbon-friendly cattle that will make a difference in the long run.”
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