The AgResearch analysis confirms New Zealand retains its outstanding position in low-emission dairy milk production, with an on-farm carbon footprint 48 percent less than the average of 18 countries studied.
Commissioned by DairyNZ, the study was independently produced by AgResearch and peer-reviewed by an international specialist in Ireland.
The research analysed 55 percent of global milk production, including major milk producing countries.
This study confirms what many of us have always known – that Kiwi farmers are world leaders in the production of sustainable, low carbon milk. This claim is now underpinned by robust scientific evidence that we are proud to share with both policy makers and our consumers.
New Zealand dairy farmers should be proud of this achievement. Their continual hard work and investment over decades has contributed to our world-leading status – but we know we need to continue to improve if we want to stay in front of our international competitors and deliver for our consumers, communities, the environment, and future generations.
Because we are already so efficient, there is no silver bullet to even greater efficiency. Significant investment in research and development is needed to find solutions. DairyNZ is committed to supporting our dairy farmers but we will need Government support as we adopt new knowledge, practices, and technology.
DairyNZ is focussed on supporting farmers to adapt through its Step Change programme and investment in research to provide future options. See Dairy Sector Action.
We will also continue to advocate for emissions reductions targets that are science-based, grounded in a New Zealand context, and fair for farmers. See more information on the climate change targets page.
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