29 Jul 2011

Meat company tests carbon footprint programme

1:39 pm on 29 July 2011

Farmers who supply stock to the Alliance meat co-operative will soon be able to measure the carbon footprint of their meat as well as wool.

The company has been testing a new software package developed with Dunedin-based company AbacusBio that will calculate the energy that goes into a range of farming activities and products.

Alliance chief executive Grant Cuff says the Hoofprint programme has been devised in response to the growing consumer interest in sustainable farming practices.

He says the project has been extended to include wool, helped by a Beef + Lamb New Zealand grant .