Greenhouse gases and climate change affects all New Zealanders. The New Zealand Government has an economy-wide target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dairy Action for Climate Change
DairyNZ is committed to build the foundation to support dairy farmers and the wider dairy industry to address on-farm methane and nitrous emissions.
Greenhouse gases - globally and nationally
The management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a global effort. New Zealand is involved in international agreements for GHG emissions.
Greenhouse gases in the dairy industry
The main agricultural greenhouse gases (GHG) are methane and nitrous oxide. Methane is produced in the rumen of the cows by methanogen microbes.
There are actions farmers are undertaking now, including changes to feeds and fertiliser application, that are helping to lower greenhouse emissions and reduce nitrogen leaching on dairy farms.
Trees have many attributes. Plantings for timber, livestock shelter, shade, fodder, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and biodiversity can deliver significant benefits.
Research and development
Research is underway to find mitigation options to reduce on-farm emissions. A solution must work with the farm system, be cost effective and not affect milk quality.