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Methane Research Programme
Current research programme
The NZAGRC-PGgRc methane research programme builds on the NZAGRC's 2010-2013 methane science objectives and the PGgRc's methane work programme from 2007-2013.
The NZAGRC-PGgRc methane research programme pools New Zealand's resources to identify the most effective and practical solutions for reducing methane in New Zealand's agricultural industry.
Our research programme aim is to deliver efficient, cost effective, highly productive, on-farm solutions to ensure New Zealand agriculture is economically and environmentally sustainable through the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
The 'Mitigating Methane Emissions' research programme has four main aims for delivery in the next one to three years:
- Develop low methane-emitting breed selection tools
- Develop low GHG forage farm systems
- Develop a methane reduction vaccine solution
- Discover and test ruminal methane inhibitors that maintain productivity levels
There is also a feasibility study being undertaken to understand the potential to capture and convert methane in soil and a validation trial of a rapid, low cost system for measuring methane.
Research Principal Investigators
Dr Graeme Attwood, AgResearch
Dr Peter Janssen, AgResearch
Cutting Down on Cow Burps to Ease Climate Change
Livestock has directly caused about a quarter of industrial-age warming. Scientists in New Zealand are working on an anti-burp vaccine for those methane-emitting cows.
In a cream-colored metal barn two hours north of Wellington, New Zealand, a black-and-white dairy cow stands in what looks like an oversize fish tank. Through the transparent Plexiglas walls, she can see three other cows in adjacent identical cubicles munching their food in companionable silence. Tubes sprout from the tops of the boxes, exchanging fresh air for the stale stuff inside. The cows, their owners say, could help slow climate change.
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