- The dairy sector has been investing in research in the environmental space for more than 20-years, and believe that this has paid off in huge environmental dividends on dairy farms.
- We know there is still work to be done, and we need to address ecosystem health (insects etc) and the impacts of nitrogen / nitrates.
- Essential Freshwater, the recent proposals by the government, have a number of things we agree with – for example Farm Environment Plans. But we do have issues with some policies, which we believe go too far and may not lead to better water quality and could cost the country – and our farmers – billions of dollars.
- 98.3% of significant dairy waterways have been fenced off, and 100% of waterways have culverts or bridges; no dairy cow should be able to get in to significant ‘Accord’ waterways.
- If milk is to be produced anywhere, it should be in New Zealand. At 0.80kg CO2/kg MS, New Zealand milk’s emissions are world leading and well under half the global developed world average of 2.5kg CO2/kg MS.
- New Zealand dairy is 64 percent more emissions efficient than the global average. In fact, a litre of New Zealand milk shipped to Ireland, the next most efficient producer, would still have a lower emissions profile than Irish milk produced in Ireland.
- If all dairy producers around the world were as efficient as New Zealand, more than half of global emissions from dairy production could be eliminated.
- Dairy accounts for over 31% of NZ’s exports in 2019, and that doesn’t include income from our cull cows!
For great dairy related stories, visit DairyNZ Newslink.