Defra has announced that it will work with the industry to reduce methane emissions in livestock through the use of methane-suppressing feed products.
A call for evidence, jointly run by the Devolved Governments, was held to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the products. Defra’s summary of responses laid out plans which could include guidance, advice and support through the Farming Innovation Programme, Animal Health and Welfare Pathway, Environmental Land Management schemes, or the introduction of a tailor-made programme.
With products due to enter the market in 2025, Defra’s objective is to establish a market, encourage uptake and mandate the use of products in appropriate systems no later than 2030.
Farming Minister Mark Spencer said: “We are fully committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 and it is vital that we continue to explore ways to assist farmers in sustainable food production while also further reducing emissions from agriculture.”
“We will continue to work closely with industry to develop a mature market and mandate the use of safe and effective methane-suppressing feed products in suitable cattle systems in England as soon as feasible.”