Scientists in Denmark are trying to create a ‘super grass’ which could reduce the amount of methane cows release into the atmosphere.
The grass, which is hoped to be readily available by 2024, should reduce gas build-up in cows’ stomachs by making it easier to digest.
The added efficiency in digestion could also mean an increase in milk production.
Torben Asp, senior researcher at Aarhus University, where the grass is being developed, said: “It will simply create a better diet for the cow, which can utilise the feed more efficiently and therefore doesn’t release as much methane when it burps.”
Denmark’s environment and food ministry has awarded the researchers £1.6 million, with minister Esbun Lunde saying: “We know cattle are one of agriculture’s culprits when it comes to releasing greenhouses gases, so it’s important that we explore how we can reduce cows’ emissions.”