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NZ’s approach to GHG emissions and climate change impacts on farm

Objective of the event

The Tasmanian Dairy Conference is one of the largest dairy industry events in Tasmania.  FRDS sponsored Ron Pellows from Lincoln Uni Dairy Farm to give a presentation on New Zealand experiences with GHG emissions and climate change impacts on farm.  Ron also presented a case study of how Lincoln Uni Dairy Farm trialled and compared a range of production systems in light of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Key Messages

A range of different production systems were trialled on LUDF with the results that:

  • Cost GHG emissions / tCO2e did not affect profit ranking
  • Changes to systems altered Total GHG emissions and intensity by up to nearly 15%
  • Opportunity to alter farming systems to increase profit substantially (up to 50%) without an increase in emissions.
  • Co-benefits –N-leaching reduced from 14 to 10 kg/ha
  • Keep focus on profit, not the ETS!

Reflections on the Event

Over 200 people attended the Conference.  There was a lot of media interest in Ron’s presentation.

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/tas/content/2011/07/s3262572.htm

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/regions/content/201107/3262096.htm?site=northtas

http://tascountry.realviewtechnologies.com/default.aspx?iid=50276&startpage=page0000012

http://www.newsphotos.com.au/ImageDetail.asp?RefNum=86057055

Quotes and Feedback from Attendees

“Ron’s presentation was an excellent, concise summary of where the situation is at in New Zealand.” “Very interesting to see how the situation progresses here”

Date:

05 Jul,2011

Event Type:

Conference

Location:

Ulverstone

Coordinator:

Mark Smith

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