Farm Ireland

Sunday 20 August 2017

Irish eye methane protocol

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

An Irish research delegation is to travel to New Zealand this week to agree a new international protocol for measuring methane emissions from cattle.

Dr Tommy Boland from UCD and Matthew Deighton from Teagasc will meet with researchers from New Zealand, Australia and France, which are also using the SF6 tracer system.

Better known to farmers as the 'backpacks' seen on cows in Moorepark, the SF6 tracer system is being used by scientists to measure methane from cattle in France, New Zealand and Australia.

With each country using the packs in different ways, the new protocol will mean all research will be standardised and findings can be compared internationally.

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