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Farmax have released new software which provides greenhouse gas emissions measurement and scenario planning programme for the whole farm. Farmers are able to use the software to look at a variety of farm input scenarios which show how production, profitability and the farm’s environmental footprint is affected by changes. The software is expected to help New Zealand’s agricultural sector reach its commitment of every farm having an annual total greenhouse gas emissions number by the end of 2022. Farmax have worked with DairyNZ and AgResearch scientists to create the software and enable farmers to meet the target. Chief Executive Gavin McEwen reports that no other available greenhouse gas emission calculators available quantify the financial impact of farm system changes. A survey completed last year for the Ministry for Primary Industries showed that only around 2% of farmers with livestock have an indication of the total greenhouse gas emissions coming from their farm and only 1% have an indication of the per-animal emissions.
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