A British genetics company plans to create less gassy cows, which means less global warming emissions.
Genus Plc’s breeding program aims to create “environments” with less gassy digestive systems, the Sunday Times of London reported.
On Monday, the firm will launch a genetic test to identify the least gassy female calves.
The dairy industry accounts for around 3% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, with methane from cows accounting for around half.
Methane is about 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.
It will take at least three years for the program to start reducing emissions, as selective breeding gradually results in cattle that fart less.
National Milk Record chief executive Andy Warne, however, noted that there will never be a cow without methane.
“An animal will never be carbon neutral.”
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