Low methane animals (partnered with PGgRc)

Aim: Identify markers of low methane emitting sheep and cattle and incorporate into breeding indices.

What does success look like?

Farmers selecting for low GHG traits.

How will we get there?

  1. Confirm low GHG is a viable trait for sheep
  2. Release breeding values for sheep
  3. Apply learnings from sheep research to cattle
  4. Release breeding values for cattle

What input is needed?

Science is needed to identify markers and methods of low methane emitting animals, and test for heritability, consistency and productivity effects including disease resistance.

Commercial input it needed to incorporate low GHG traits into New Zealand sheep, cattle and deer genetic selection systems (BLGNZ, NZAEL, DEERSelect). 

What's the timeline?

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Low GHG Feeds (partnered with PGgRc)

 

Aim: Develop feeds and feeding strategies that results in reduced GHG emissions from livestock

What does success look like?

Low GHG feeds and strategies adopted on farm.

How will we get there?

  1. Confirm that ruminant feeds can provide lower GHG options
  2. Incorporate feed options into New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  3. Integrate feed options into New Zealand farm systems.

What input is needed?

Science is needed to develop fundamental science, gathering evidence for incorporation into New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Commercial input it needed to incorporate low GHG feeds ito New Zealand farming practice and have the impact reflected in New Zealand's Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Commercial input may also be needed if a specific plant factor is identified to partner with plant breeding companies to have that factor incorporated into forage. 

What's the timeline?

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Vaccine (partnered with PGgRc)

Aim: Produce a cost-eective vaccine that reduces ruminant methane emissions by more than 20%

What does success look like?

Farmers reducing emissions by vaccination

How will we get there? 

  1. Provide proof of concept that methane is reduced by testing in respiration chambers.
  2. Confirm the impact and productivity effects
  3. Deliver vaccine to New Zealand market

What input is needed? 

Science is needed to develop fundamental science through proof of concept and refinement of final product with commercial partner. 

Commercial input it needed to deliver a vaccine to New Zealand and international markets.

What's the timeline?

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Inhibitor (partnered with PGgRc)

 

Aim: Produce a cost-effective inhibitor that reduces ruminant methane emissions by more than 20%

What does success look like?

Inhibitor is a practical cost-effective mitigation option

How will we get there?

  1. Proof of concept that target compound reduces emissions in sheep
  2. Confirm the impact and productivity effects
  3. Deliver inhibitor to New Zealand market

What input is needed?

Science is needed to develop fundamental science through proof of concept and refinement of final product with commercial partner. 

Commercial input it needed to deliver a vaccine to New Zealand and international markets.

What's the timeline? 

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