|Straw being fed to local cattle in early August|
Another consideration is the contribution that those different farming systems make to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. We explored this a while ago through a student project with Cranfield University, based on real input and production data from Loddington, and from three other local farms. Energy use is a major driver for greenhouse gas emissions across arable and livestock systems, although grass based systems with lower growth rates and production tend to buck the trend because of higher methane emissions. This issue is being addressed by our partners in the Sustainable Intensification research Platform's farm network at North Wyke and Henfaes, and some of our own most recent research into multiple benefits from grass leys will also contribute to this developing knowledge base.
|GHG emissions associated with local farming systems|
|GHG emissions associated with compaction alleviation|