Beef farmers that cut greenhouse gas emissions can improve returns by up to 50p per kg of beef produced, according to a new report from Eblex.

Thirty beef farmers were visited by Eblex carbon and energy assessors who used a carbon calculator to work out the carbon footprint of different production systems. The research found that every 5kg reduction in emissions per kg of liveweight was associated with a 50p per kg improvement in financial margin.

Researchers also studied 30 sheep farmers and found that every 1kg reduction in emissions per kg of liveweight was associated with a 28p per kg improvement in margin.

Eblex head of research and development Duncan Pullar said the research showed there was enormous variation between the best and worst performers, indicating there was still "a lot of opportunity" to pull up the green performance of the sector.