The publication is a joint initiative of the Livestock Research Group (LRG) of the Global Research Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform. It was commissioned by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.
The document summarises current global best practices ready for implementation at the farm level as well as emerging options at various stages of research to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of livestock production across a range of farm systems. Hard copies are available from the NZAGRC and SAI Platform.
We hope this provides information about existing global opportunities to reduce emissions, and to collaborate in the development, trial and dissemination of additional mitigation options.
The publication includes intervention options for:
The collaborative team are very thankful for the contributions from individual scientists in GRA member countries working together in the six networks within the LRG; and experts from the Beef and Dairy Working Groups of the SAI Platform. Their shared knowledge and expertise contributed to the relevance and robustness of this document. The participation of these scientists and experts and their institutions is gratefully acknowledged, and warm thanks is extended for their contribution to this document.
- Animal feed and nutrition
- Genetics and breeding
- Rumen modification
- Animal health
- Grassland management
A media statement from the SAI Platform is available at www.saiplatform.org
The NZAGRC is proud to have been a integral part in the production of this excellent global resource for farmers, industry leaders and policy makers. Even though farm systems differ significantly around the world, many of the options outlined in this document are applicable to New Zealand farm systems, and many are already being practiced and contribute to the efficiency of livestock production in our country.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss this publication.
Dr Harry Clark MNZM