[10 May/Farmers Weekly]

New technologies will be needed for farmers to reduce methane reduction targets and the Government must play its part to ensure they are found, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says. Mr Mackle reports that effective solutions will require the funding of smart science, suited particularly to New Zealand farming systems. The first thing will be helping farmers to understand their emissions and where they are coming from. Rural professionals will also need to adapt so that they can provide farmers with advice on how to cut emissions, as Mr Mackle expects these changes will be similar to when DairyNZ started working on improving water quality, they needed to upskill rural professionals to help farmers adapt to new compliance goals