As a young woman in agriculture, I wanted to create a project embracing change for both my generation and future generations of farmers, through providing the information to make a change. I also looked at reaching farmers, unconnected to the internet, as most of the information regarding new practices is only provided online.
Methane is an odourless, colourless gas, this gas is produced by livestock, and is a byproduct produced when the cattle convert grass into sources of dairy and meat for human consumption. This gas is the second most important greenhouse gas and its contribution to global warming is about twenty-eight times more than carbon dioxide. Once methane is produced it can linger in the atmosphere for up to twelve years.
Reducing the volume of methane produced from ruminant livestock will be required for Ireland to adhere to both EU 2030 emissions reduction targets and national ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050. This project will provide information regarding the initial steps that can be taken to reduce these emissions.