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Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc)

PGgRc is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and since 2002 has invested around $45 million in scientific programmes aimed at giving farmers the knowledge and tools to mitigate the greenhouse gases produced by grazing animals.

B+LNZ is a partner in the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc), alongside AgResearch, DairyNZ, DEEResearch, the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Research Association, Fonterra, PGG Wrightson Ltd and Landcorp. The board includes Andrew Morrison, B+LNZ Farmer Director for the Southern South Island.

The research

Since 2003, the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) has invested over $90million 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. 

With the completion of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) contract in 2021, the PGgRc moved into a new phase where the significant Intellectual Property (IP) and capabilities developed will be used as the basis for new partnerships to further advance possible solutions that can be used by New Zealand farmers.

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.

This document summarises the progress to date created and acknowledges the considerable contribution made through the last 10 years by PGGRC and its collaborating partners to develop and deliver cost effective mitigation options to our livestock farmers. 

It marks 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.

Download the 10-year summary report: Celebrating the contribution of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium 2003–2021 (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Find out more

Visit the PGgRc website for more info.