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Factsheet 7 describes the opportunities and challenges presented to beef and sheep farmers by climate change and suggests measures of adaptation and mitigation.

Year of Publication2010

Climate change presents opportunities as well as challenges for beef and sheep farmers. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (principally methane from enteric fermentation and nitrous oxide from soils and manures), reducing the environmental impacts of production (e.g. soil erosion) and ensuring animal health and welfare are some of the key challenges.This Fact Sheet sets out responses to the challenges which make good business sense, both in terms of short-term cost savings and long-term business profitability. It indicates where there are opportunities, particularly in improving production efficiency, but also in taking advantageof potentially greater forage availability and diversification into renewable energy generation.Specific action points are listed.

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nutrient managementfeedforageenergywelfarecarbon storagedisease
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Providing inspiration and information on how to prepare your business for the impacts, opportunities, risks and responsibilities that climate change brings.

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