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Mitigating the environmental impact of cattle and sheep: animal genetics and farmers’ readiness for uptake
Animal breeding and genetics
Historically, adoption of breeding technologies by sheep and beef farmers has been slow and variable. This research aimed to understand why, and if the context of reducing methane emissions was likely to change adoption rates. Sheep and beef farmers around the UK were interviewed to find out if they would adopt a range of technologies to reduce methane emissions. The farmers interviewed were less than convinced that breeding could be effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.