[30 November/ NZ Herald]

DairyNZ has secured $8.4 million in funding from the Government over the next seven years to develop genetically low nitrogen excreting animals and farm management strategies to reduce greenhouse gases. DairyNZ Strategy and Investment Leader for Productivity, Bruce Thorrold said the funding would enable the dairy industry to lower its environmental footprint by up to 20 percent. Mr Thorrold added that the first step would be identifying whether genetics controlled the nitrogen efficiency of animals, followed by whether the animals could be bred for these genetics. Mr Thorrold noted that the industry would know within two or three years whether it would be possible or not.