Asda cuts CO2 emissions with high sugar grass

Asda is hoping to reduce CO2 emissions by 186,000 tonnes with a new type of grass for its cattle and sheep. Developed in Britain, Aber High Sugar Grass (HSG) is meant to cut methane emissions by 20% per animal, as well as limit feed costs by providing better nutrition.

The supermarket has had good results at the trial stage, and is now introducing it to its 13,500 farmers across the UK.

Asda’s agricultural manager Pearce Hughes said: “Our tests show high sugar grass increases yields, reduces bought-in feed costs and saves carbon emissions, making it the perfect formula for British farming. Our aim is to ensure long-term financial sustainability for our farmers, as well as making sure we’re doing our bit for the environment, so this is a natural grass choice for us.

By introducing Aber HSG to our extensive British farming network we will increase profitability by over £10m in the first year alone – money in the pockets of farmers. This programme will also contribute to Walmart’s global goal of removing 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gases from the supply chain.”

British Seed Houses agricultural director Paul Billings said: “Beef farm trials have seen daily dry matter intakes increase by a quarter, with 18-35% higher daily liveweight gains and cattle reaching slaughter-weight more quickly.

“We’re delighted to be working with Asda on this new initiative and I’m confident it will lead to a long-lasting legacy of improved production efficiency in the livestock sector,” he added.

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