During 2017/18 new work plans have been developed for both the sheep and beef and dairy components of the Integrated Farm Systems research programme out to mid 2019.
These have been co-developed with significant input from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) and DairyNZ respectively to ensure alignment with relevant industry investment, initiatives and extension programmes. Work is now underway on the research outlined below.
Dr Robyn Dynes, AgResearch
Current progress and research stories
Farm systems: Dairy
The dairy part of the programme involves the design of a cohesive and targeted communications and extension programme that provides the dairy industry with the information required to begin addressing its GHG emissions. The programme will build off and interlink with existing industry and Government initiatives, such as the Dairy Industry Action for Climate Change (DACC), a partnership between DairyNZ and Fonterra and supported by MfE and MPI, launched in mid-2017. The NZAGRC has the capacity to build off the DACC and other existing initiatives and extension networks and provide dairy farmers, rural professionals and the wider dairy industry with a more comprehensive set of targeted resources to address GHG emissions. Building awareness, knowledge and confidence will position the industry well to respond to new policies being developed. Results from previously-funded integrated farm systems research has been widely presented and reported in the rural media over the past year.
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