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1573: Beef and sheep roadmap – producing more and reducing emissions

This paper is taken from the Eblex report “Down to earth – the beef and sheep roadmap – phase 3”

Year of Publication2012

Data from beef enterprises shows an average Global Warming Potential of 12.65 kg CO2 eq/kg liveweight. The equivalent figure for sheep was 11.86kg CO2 eq/kg liveweight. The best opportunities to reduce GHG emissions are through improved breeding, feeding and management. Despite some conflicting evidence, data suggests that effective grazing maximises an area’s efficiency as a carbon sink. Multiple retailers are working directly with farmers to help them reduce emissions. A long term view needs to be taken when assessing trends but progress is already being made towards most of the targets

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