Seaweed research for methane in cattle could provide spin off for Kerry industry

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New research around reducing the methane gas produced by cattle could be a game changer for counties like Kerry.

Researchers at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia have claimed that adding less than two percent of dried seaweed to a cow’s diet could reduce their methane emissions by as much as 99 percent.

The study could provide a solution to climate change pressures on the agriculture sector.

But it could also offer a huge spin off for coastal counties, such as Kerry, for seaweed production, according to Independent TD for Galway/Roscommon Michael Fitzmaurice: