Low emissions farm systems for the Māori sector

This project aims to improve the capacity of Māori farmers to improve their efficiency and productivity while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Two Māori agri-business entities involving dairy, sheep and beef, forestry and horticulture are having their GHG emissions modelled including looking at how these emissions and profitability can be balanced at a business level.

In addition, the project investigates decision-making criteria and issues around introducing new GHG mitigation strategies and analyses any barriers to the uptake of such strategies. 

More information can be found at Reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Māori-owned farms (external website)

Current progress and related stories

How can I estimate my on farm GHG emissions?

In New Zealand, In New Zealand, farmers can get a farm-level estimate of their greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide, and in some cases also energy use) using commercially available calculators, such as OVERSEER.

These calculators tend to rely on the use of default emissions from specified activities and only take into account a limited number of the factors that influence greenhouse gas emissions in practice. They are, however, useful for assessing how emissions change over time in response to management decisions such as fertiliser use and changes in animal numbers.



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