Beef + Lamb New Zealand has been a partner in the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc), alongside AgResearch, DairyNZ, DEEResearch, the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Research Association, Fonterra, PGG Wrightson Ltd and Pamu/Landcorp.
Since 2003, the PGGRC has invested more than $90 million in exploring technology-based solutions that New Zealand pastoral farmers can use to reduce GHG emissions from the sector, while increasing productivity.
During that time, the PGGRC has built a significant base of valuable scientific knowledge and essential capability, especially in the field of ruminant methane.
In 2021, direct funding concluded and the consortium moved into a new phase, where its intellectual property and capabilities are now being developed to further advance possible solutions for New Zealand farmers.
It marked the end of a long era of direct investing and sets the stage for the next phase where the outputs of that investment will be further accelerated with government to provide the tools to farmers they need to reduce our agricultural emissions.
The PGGRC partners retain custody of the IP and know-how that has been generated. This provides a strong base for accelerating and increasing future development of solutions that New Zealand farmers will be able to access and benefit from.
You can read more about the consortium’s work to develop and deliver cost-effective mitigation options for livestock farmers in a new document: Celebrating the contribution of the PGGRC: 2003-2021.