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

Māori programme 2017/18

During 2017/18 the project has:

  • • Identified two multi-enterprise Māori operations, incorporating dairy, sheep and beef and forestry operations, willing to allow modelling of farm system and land use change to identify impacts of reducing GHG emissions.
  • • Following discussions with the trustees of the enterprises, carried out a range of modelling involving a range of farm system changes on both the dairy and sheep and beef farms, incorporating improving productivity measures as well as changes in stocking rate and animal production levels.
  • • Modelling has also incorporated change in land use, particularly increases in forestry development, as well as possible horticulture enterprises, and change in pastoral land uses, e.g. finishing deer, and dairy sheep.

The results of the modelling reinforced previous work that shows changes in farm systems generally have a limited impact on reducing GHG emissions (+/-5-10%) and a variable impact on farm profitability - some reduced farm profitability but those that concentrated on lifting animal performance often resulted in an improvement in farm profitability.

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