Grass To Gas: Strategies to mitigate GHG emissions from pasture based sheep systems



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. The aim of the project is to combine international scientific and industry expertise to generate new knowledge and applied solutions for the mitigation of GHG emissions in sheep. GrassToGas 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.

Scotland's Rural College, SRUC, United Kingdom 
Joanne Conington

Project partners 
INRA - UMR 1388 GenPhySE, INRA GenPhySE, France
National Agriculture Research Institue, INIA, Uruguay
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU, Norway
TEAGASC - Agriculture and Food Development Authority, TEAGASC, Ireland 
AgResearch, AGRES, New Zealand 
International Center for Livestock Research and Training, ICLRT, Turkey 
Sheep Ireland CLG, Sheep Ireland, Ireland

Total requested funding 
1.497.000 €

Start-end date
01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Project duration
36 months