The Situation: Industry

New Zealand farmers are already contributing to lowering New Zealand's agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

The emissions intensity of New Zealand agriculture has declined on average by 1% per  year since at least 1990.


Farm businesses have become more efficient over the past 25 years.  Things like improved animal genetics and management, combined with better grassland management and feeding practices mean that farms are using resources more efficiently to increase their outputs.  

This has happened across all sectors of the pastoral industry. Find out more:

New Zealand dairy sector

New Zealand beef & sheep sectors

New Zealand deer sector

What can New Zealand farmers do now? 

At this point, keeping on with getting the most out of your farm through improving herd genetics, and managing pasture and feed options is the best option for contributing to lowering New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.

You can get a farm level report of your GHG emissions on farm when you have your farm analysed by OverseerTM, the nutrient budgeting tool to learn more about how your on farm decision making has a direct impact on emissions.

The NZAGRC is funding research on the impacts of farm management on emissions.  Read more

Any questions? 

The NZAGRC maintains a Q&A page of some of the most commonly asked questions.  If you have a question, please ask us

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