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Wind of change: curbing cow burps to fight climate change

University of Reading Children's Spring Lecture
May 4, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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May 4, 2023
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Ditchburn Lecture Theatre, JJ Thompson Building
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6ED
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cows against a blue background with Burp! written on clouds above them

Milk comes from cows and cows eat grass everyone knows that. But along with milk, the average dairy cow also burps out over 600 litres of methane, every day. That’s enough to fill more than 40 party balloons. And methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, which is making climate change worse.

That’s why the University of Reading’s Centre for Dairy Research gave our cows a different menu. We swapped out some of their grass for things like seaweed, garlic and herbs.

What happened next? Can farmers tackle climate change? Will cow’s milk be more planet friendly? And could a cow be trained to burp the National Anthem? Find out at our Spring Children’s Lecture, with dairy science expert Professor Chris Reynolds.

MERL Curator, Dr Ollie Douglas, will also be there with a display of related objects from the MERL collections! Come and take a look!

Admission free. Booking essential.

Suitable for children 7 to 12 years.

Please note this event takes place on the University’s Whiteknights Campus, not at The MERL