OverseerFM is an online software that connects farmers to science to support sustainable farm businesses that protect the environment. OverseerFM is built on 30 years of science. The OverseerFM model has been updated to make nutrient budgeting more user friendly, and puts the farmer and the farm at the centre of the discussion. Overseer predicts
Farmers use Nitrogen (N) to increase forage yields and increase profitability, however, there has been increasing requirements to minimise environmental impact and for this reason N use on farms is under scrutiny. N that is not used in an animal must be excreted as, unlike with energy, there is no capacity to store N. The
Methane (CH4) is mainly formed in the rumen (87-92%) by methanogens which utilise microbially hydrogen produced in the rumen during fermentation of ingested feed. CH4 from animals is measured via gas exchange using flux methods like respiration chambers and marker methods in research trials and is expressed as production per time, per unit of intake (yield)
Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from NZ pasture-based livestock farm systems – Sinead Leahy, NZ Agricultural GHG Research Centre
NZ has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). This is due to NZ’s commitment to the Paris agreement. The target is a reduction in GHG by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Companies such as Danone, are moving more quickly than governments with more aggressive targets to reduce GHG reductions. NZ is unique
The New Zealand Feed Manufacturer’s Association (NZFMA) are looking to examine the role of supplemental feeding to dairy cows for reducing environmental impact and effects on animal welfare and production.
NZ has a high proportion of green house gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. This is unique when compared to other developed countries.
An update on breeding dairy cows with the incorporation of a major gene for heat tolerance (the “slick” gene) into a background of NZ grazing genetics.