This project aimed to evaluate potential agricultural land uses that could provide an alternative to livestock production. In all scenarios, changing the land use to the selected crops increased the profitability. Converting nearly 200,000 ha of pastoral land to crops and mānuka plantations will have a relatively small effect on CH4 emissions. Adoption and development of mitigation technologies is more likely to have a large effect towards meeting future CH4 emission reduction targets.
Evaluation of profitability and future potential for low emission productive uses of land that is currently used for livestock – Technical report