The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) exists to provide knowledge and tools for New Zealand farmers, so they can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector. The PGgRc is funded by eight New Zealand agricultural sector partners and works in collaboration with the New Zealand Government.

Download a pdf of the Consortium’s latest progress report.


Together with the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, PGgRc has produced a series of fact sheets, to help people’s understanding of the complexities around greenhouse gas emissions research.


Monday, December 19, 2022

Research collaboration to explore potential solutions to inhibit methane emissions

The PGGRC, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre and Zoetis Animal Health are collaborating to research mechanisms that may inhibit methane emissions from cattle, deer and sheep and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Celebrating the contribution of the PGGRC: 2003-2021

Since 2003, the PGGRC has invested more than $90 million in exploring technology-based solutions that New Zealand pastoral farmers can use to reduce GHG emissions from the sector, while increasing productivity. In 2021, direct funding concluded and the Consortium moved into a new phase, where its Intellectual Property and capabilities are now being developed to further advance possible solutions for New Zealand farmers.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

State of Science webinar

This 60-minute webinar is on “Developing methane inhibitors for grazing livestock on New Zealand farms”.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

PGGRC submission to Climate Change Commission

PGGRC supports the creation of (a) a long-term plan for funding research and development towards reducing biological emissions and (b) a fit-for-purpose regulatory pathway. We look forward to working in partnership with all stakeholders to achieve these objectives.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Hear from the scientists leading PGGRC's research projects

In this 6-minute video, scientists involved in PGGRC’s four main streams of work - low-methane genetics, inhibitors, vaccine and low GHG feeds - outline where each project is at.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sheep farmers now able to breed “low methane” sheep

In a world first, New Zealand sheep farmers now have the ability to breed animals that emit less methane.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

DairyNZ Farmers’ Forum 2019

DairyNZ recently hosted six forums around New Zealand for dairy farmers to hear about where the world is heading and global future demands for dairy.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

2019 Agricultural Climate Change Conference

The 2019 Agricultural Climate Change Conference attracted more than 260 agricultural climate change focused scientists, policy makers, farmers and industry representatives to Palmerston North on 8-9 April.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

You are what you eat?

Can changing what New Zealand livestock eat reduce the country’s emissions of methane and nitrous oxide?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Why soil carbon matters

Soil holds more carbon than plants and the atmosphere combined and much of the soil carbon is held in a stable form. That’s good news from a climate change perspective.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Watch out, methane – inhibitors are coming

One of the most promising tools in the strategy to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture is making steady progress towards commercialisation.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Greenhouse gases: What’s New Zealand doing?

The time is coming when greenhouse gases won’t be just “out there and something to worry about later”. New Zealand scientists are making steady progress on strategies to reduce the rural sector’s emissions.

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