Sheep and climate change

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Sheep convert and concentrate nutrients not suitable for human needs into valuable foodstuffs from difficult-to-exploit land but this means they will have a relatively high carbon cost per unit of product. Sheep have a significant role in delivering environmental goods and services as well as enhancing the value of pastures as carbon sinks.

This report argues that there is a need for new environmental accounting models that value these services alongside counting the the Green House Gas costs of production.  Also farmers need to make efficiency improvements that increase the longevity and fertility of breeding stock and the feed efficiency of slaughter stock. To read the brief report click on the link