Category Archives: sheep and beef farms

Carbon farming rocket has taken off

Nothing matches carbon-farming economics on sheep and beef land This last week I spent two days in Rotorua at the New Zealand carbon-forestry conference where I was also one of the speakers. Both I and others presented perspectives on the … Continue reading

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Wrestling with methane metrics

The methane debate is more about politics, policy and value judgements than it is about science In my previous article, I explained how there is much controversy about how methane should be compared to carbon dioxide in terms of global … Continue reading

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The methane issue is far from settled

Big methane decisions lie ahead that will affect all New Zealanders In late May, the eleven rural-industry partners in He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) reached internal compromises that were sufficient for all to sign-up to a joint greenhouse gas (GHG) … Continue reading

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Can agriculture meet its methane targets?

New Zealand agrculture is required to achieve a ten percent reduction in its methane emissions by 2030.  This is set down in legislation. The subsequent 2050 target, also laid out in legislation, has been set in the range of 24-47 … Continue reading

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The future for sheep

Lamb prices are high but industry remains buffeted by big crosswinds The sheep industry in Zealand has been getting smaller ever since 1982 when sheep numbers reached 70 million. The latest numbers are 26 million in 2021, having dropped from … Continue reading

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Carbon farming is back in the melting pot

There is considerable evidence that the Government plans to change the carbon-farming rules and to do so in the coming months. The big risk is that unintended consequences will dominate over intended consequences. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made it … Continue reading

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Agriculture’s greenhouse gas proposals need a reset

  Refocusing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions from CO2e to a genuine split-gas approach requires a reset of thinking, with big decisions ahead The coming weeks are crucial in sorting out the long-term charging framework, right through to 2050, for agriculture’s … Continue reading

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Crunch times ahead for agricultural methane and nitrous oxide

New Zealand must quickly come to grips with how agricultural-sourced methane and nitrous oxide are going to be managed within the ‘Zero Carbon Act’, more formally called the ‘Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019’.   This Act brings both … Continue reading

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The ETS is both a goldmine and a minefield

The Government never foresaw the land-use forces they were unleashing with the ETS In recent weeks I have written multiple articles on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a particular focus on forestry. This week I also had an extended … Continue reading

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Carbon farming will determine the future of sheep, beef and production forestry

The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere The concept of ‘carbon farming’ has been around for a long time. I recall … Continue reading

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