Scientists at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded a £250,000 grant from the UK government to mitigate and monitor methane production in outdoor cattle. Despite a number of projects looking at emissions produced by cattle housed indoors, this is one of the first to study outdoor cows.

The quarter of a million funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is part of a collaborative research project with European partners. The project will fund animal-mounted activity sensors and systems for monitoring location, feeding behaviour and weight, to use with cattle outdoors.