Cows should be given pills 'to stop them burping'

Cows could be given supplements to stop them burping so much, in a bid to reduce Britain's methane emissions, scientists have said.

Cows could be given supplements to stop them burping so much, in a bid to reduce Britain's methane emissions, scientists have said. Credit: PA

Writing in the journal Nature, Professor Mark Eisler said supplements that include white clover and birdsfoot trefoil could help to stop cows and sheep from burping so much, by altering the balance of bacteria in their stomachs.

Gas from farm animals is thought to be behind a quarter of “man-made” emissions of methane - which is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.