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  1. Super Grass Being Developed To Reduce Methane Gas Production

    Genetic scientists from the University of Aarhus in Denmark have been using DNA technology to create a new kind of super grass that could potentially be digested more efficiently by cows, thus reducing the amount of methane gas they produce by burping, as well as seeing milk production increase.

    The £1.6 million project could see this super grass grown on farms worldwide. It’s estimated that approximately 90 million metric tonnes of methane gas is released into the atmosphere annually because of cows burping and this is just one of several different projects intended to help reduce this, the Independent reports.

    Senior researcher Torben Asp was quoted by the news source as saying: “It will simply create a better diet for the cow, which can utilise the feed more efficiently and therefore they don't releas

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  2. Welsh Farmers Urged To Join Bovine TB Consultation

    Farmers in Wales are being urged to have their say on the government’s plans to tackle outbreaks of bovine TB in the country, with the ultimate aim of eradicating the disease in Wales.

     

    Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has expressed disappointment at the low number of responses to the government’s consultation, which includes plans to establish low, medium and high bovine TB incidence areas as part of wider proposals to curb the spread of the disease.

     

    The idea behind having areas with different designations is to enable a tailored approach to managing bovine TB outbreaks, and to the measures that are put in place to protect farmers and their herds from the illness.

     

    Ms Griffiths said that they government has so far only received 18 responses to the consultatio

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  3. Garlic Feed ‘Could Deter Starlings’ On Farms

    Starling season has just begun, with the birds arriving in the UK between October and November, and staying for five months or so – something that farmers all over the country are probably all too aware of right now.

    These birds can pass on salmonella, E.coli, paratuberculosis and campylobacter to livestock, so farmers do need to be on their guard and do all they can to prevent their animals from coming into contact with them.

    You might want to try adding a garlic-based feed extract to food, as new research from Bridgwater College Farm has found that the polysulphides in this kind of extract can irritate these birds’ stomachs. After a week or so, they associate the smell of the extract with the stomach irritation and will avoid it, according to Farmers Weekly.

    Head of agricultural innovation Ian Tremain advised famers to add the g

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  4. Livestock Grazing Comes To London’s Green Park!

    We’re certainly all used to the sight of sheep and cows grazing merrily away in the fields and pastures of the countryside… but it’s naturally a less common sight on our city streets, wouldn’t you agree?

    Well, if you’re in London between now and August 27th you might come across a couple of woolly visitors in the wildflower meadows of The Green Park, part of an attempt to help the local invertebrate community of London really thrive.

    Run by The Royal Parks Mission Invertebrate project, the campaign has teamed up with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Mudchute Farm to bring livestock grazing to the capital. This has always played an important role in wildlife conservation – and if left un-grazed, the majority of grasslands here in the UK would become dense scrub and woodland inste

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