Major farm trial demonstrates financial benefits of green farming

Major farm trial demonstrates financial benefits of green farming
Green farming

Results of an 18-month project to understand how changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions might impact a farm's profitability and productivity have been released by DairyNZ.

Twelve farms across New Zealand took part in the Partnership Farm Project, modelling 44 different farm systems. 

The Owl demonstration farm in Cambridge was among them, with the farm's results the first of a series that will be launched over the coming weeks. 

"Our aim was to model and apply practical measures to see how we can adapt New Zealand's highly efficient pastoral farm systems to meet New Zealand's climate change goals," said DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle.

"The outcome of this project is important to helping us understand the impact of making improvements or changes to how a farm operates in order to reduce emissions and nitrogen leaching," said Mackle.

He said it's hoped farmers will be able to learn from the project, but said there was no quick-fix.