More than 30% of the Earth’s total land mass is used for grazing livestock production, mainly by ruminant animals.
The evolutionary adaptation of the ruminant’s ability to convert pasture to animal products such as meat, milk, and fibre may have been successfully harnessed, but ruminant production has an unwanted byproduct of an important greenhouse gas (GHG), methane.
GrassToGas aims to combine international scientific and industry expertise to generate new knowledge and applied solutions for the mitigation of greenhouse gases emissions in sheep. The project will identify individual animal, feed and environmental attributes associated with feed and water intake efficiency for pasture-based sheep production systems.
The potential impact would be relevant for the mitigation of GHG emissions within 5 - 10 years and beyond, by the application of the results from this project into future sheep breeding programmes designed to produce cumulative reductions of GHG emissions of around 1-3% p.a. (per annum).
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.