What DINZ/DEEResearch is doing

What DINZ/DEEResearch is doing

What DINZ/DEEResearch is doing

DEEResearch is investing in the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium and Pastoral Genomics Research Consortium, both of which have development of emissions-reducing pastoral technologies (including forages) as key goals.  
DEEResearch has funded work into determining the greenhouse gas emissions of venison throughout its lifecycle from production to waste disposal in a European restaurant (or 'carbon footprint') to provide insights into the areas with the greatest scope for emissions reductions.

DINZ is also investing in mechanisms to encourage improvement in industry-wide productivity, since there is a clear correlation between improving productive efficiency and reducing emissions intensity.  Put another way, producing more from less also produces fewer emissions per unit of output. However, this assumes that farmers have the technology, tools and opportunity to make changes in response to the price signals.

What can deer farmers can do at the moment?

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill proposes that New Zealand agriculture is required to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.  DINZ commissioned AgFirst Manawtu-Whanganui  in August 2019 to visit and interview four deer farms of varying sizes, production focus, climate and topography to assess their emissions, mitigation options and existing carbon storage.

Farm characteristics were as follows:

Farm Information Farm 1 Farm 2 Farm 3 Farm 4
Description East Coast North Island moderate hill East Coast North Island flat to steep hill South Island high country South Island flat to rolling
Focus of farm system Velvet Breeding and finishing Breeding and finishing Venison
Total farm area (ha) 332 740 4374 797
Stock units (SU)/grazed ha 10.9 8.7 3.0 18.7

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