In his role as Defra’s Coordinator for the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas R&D Platform, Toby Mottram gave a paper at the Annual Congress of the British Cattle Veterinary Association in Southport on 26th November. Defra has made an investment of £12.6 million to improve to the best standard, as agreed under the Kyoto Treaty. Our current inventory of methane and nitrous oxide from livestock and croplands, his slides “Accounting for the UK’s Greenhouse Gases” are here. Until the inventory work is completed in 2015 it will be hard to advise the best whole farm strategies for reducing out farm impact on the environment. It was good to meet friends such as Professor Jude Capper doing great work in the USA.