Sheep & beef

The sheep and beef sector contributes 43.6% of New Zealand’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, with current estimates showing that an average sheep and beef farm emits about 2.8 tonnes of GHG/ha/year.

There are actions that might achieve small reductions while maintaining or increasing profitability, but results will vary from farm to farm.

Know your number first

Knowing what your greenhouse gas emissions are is the first critical step towards planning for reductions. From December 2022, all New Zealand farmers and growers will need to have this information. Find out more about knowing your number.

Actions for sheep and beef farmers

Case studies