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Mitigating the environmental impact of cattle and sheep: animal genetics and farmers’ readiness for uptake
The sheep industry

Sheep and beef farmers around the UK were interviewed to find out if they would adopt a range of technologies to reduce methane emissions. Sheep farmers worked in a range of different environments, some of them very challenging. Farmers talked about a production system that worked for them, in their particular environment and reflecting their particular values. Factors within the system can act as major drivers or barriers to activity. Many perceived that opportunities to do other things than produce sheep in many upland areas of the UK are limited by topography (i.e. steep slopes) and weather.