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Water shortage, methane reduction in cows, milk delivery, horse safety on the road

With lower than average rainfall across parts of north, central and east England since early March and a dry forecast ahead, farmers are starting to worry about water shortages.

With lower than average rainfall across parts of north, central and eastern England since early March, and the forecast for dry conditions for the next month or so - farmers are starting to worry about the potential for water shortages. Paul Hammett, a water resource specialist with the NFU, outlines his concerns. All this week Farming Today focuses on efforts within the agricultural sector to help fight climate change. Cattle in particular churn out methane - a greenhouse gas with a much greater impact on global warming than CO2. Though unlike carbon dioxide, it does break down over time. Professor Eileen Wall, a leading scientist at Scotland's Rural College, explains about her research into breeding cattle which produce lower emissions. A farming family from North Yorkshire is taking to the road to dispense milk to villages around the Dales from a converted horse box, with full cream milk fresh from the cow. And hundreds of campaigners have taken to country lanes up and down the UK on horseback this week, to highlight safety concerns about mixing with cars and lorries on public roads.

Presented by Steffan Messenger

Produced by Alun Beach.

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