What can I do on farm to Earn a Carbon Credit?

‘It is important to know that earning a Carbon Credit that you can sell to a polluter does NOT depend on the Emissions Reduction Fund. You can put in a project under a number of approved ‘methods’. What follows is a Plain English  Summary of each of the methods which YOU may be able to turn into a project and Earn a Carbon Credit.

For more information on any of them, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Don’t forget –  YOU can join with others in a Landcare or Grower or other group  to turn a small project into a bigger one.


Beef Herd  Improvement:   ‘Earn a Carbon Credit by reducing methane in your Cattle Herd’  

The methane emitted from cattle is thought to be a major contributor to the CO2 in the air.

In this method,  you can be rewarded for reducing the methane coming from your cattle. It is suited to larger herds,   but could also be very good for a Cattle Group  who believe they are turning off cattle earlier or have some other improvements which will reduct the methane from the herd. Please note that the ‘action’ to reduce methane is not restricted – so if you have some new technology – go for it.

For further information or to talk it over, just contact  Louisa on  02 63740329

POTENTIAL ACTIONS To Gain a Credit:

Improvement in the live weight  gain for age  enables target weights to be reached earlier.

You must use the Beef Herd Calculator.

EXAMPLES  (not an exhaustive list – freedom to choose any method if it can be shown to reduce methane emissions)

  • Supplementary feed.
  • Install fencing on rangeland properties, (grazing management)
  • Sell larger numbers of cattle to a finisher.
  • Genetics.
  • Other activities allowed so long as they can be shown to have an effect on emissions.  Better feed,  etc etc.
  • Does not prohibit changes in herd composition.   Age etc.

Mechanics

  • Liveweight  gain values are used to derive emissions intensity values
  • Emissions are related to feed intake per day, the duration of that feed intake and the protein content and DM digetstibility of the feed.   These factors are incorporated in abatement calculations, and where a change in diet is a project activity, details of the change are required as an input to calculations.
  1. Liveweight   and LWG   Liveweight can be done by weighing, or where this is not practical, through verifiable alternative means.
  2. Need records from 3 of the last 7 years (don’t have to be sequential) But as close to date of application as possible.  LWG must be greater than zero.
  3. Majority of feed has to be pastures.
  4. Need some evidence that the ‘new’ practice will reduce emissions.
  5. Must be able to identify members of each group of animals as defined by, the herd, the livestock class and the date of entry into the herd.

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