Beefing up the fight against methane emissions

Date: 02.08.2023Source: dsm-firmenich

dsm-firmenich’s innovative feed supplement Bovaer® has reached a significant milestone in the reduction of enteric methane emissions from cows. To date, the additive has enabled farmers to save 50,000 tonnes of CO2e and counting.

Bovaer® contributes to a significant and immediate reduction of the environmental footprint of beef and dairy products. The additive suppresses enzymes that trigger methane production in the cow’s rumen, with just a quarter teaspoon of Bovaer® per cow a day reducing methane emissions by 30% from dairy cows and 45% from beef cattle.

Feed additives offer the greatest potential for sector-wide methane reductions and could be feasibly implemented across the dairy and beef chain. Currently, dsm-firmenich is working with partners across the globe to introduce Bovaer® to multiple markets and value chains through on-farm trials and pilots.

Following several successful large-scale pilots in May 2023, the Bel Group, a French cheese producer will now deploy Bovaer® to all 10,000 cows supplying milk in Slovakia, cutting methane emissions by 25% for each farm and representing an overall yearly 400-ton menthane reduction.

These results are a testament to dsm-firmenich’s pioneering contribution to the reduction of agriculture GHG emissions and Bovaer’s proven ability in preventing the formation of methane in the cow’s rumen. dsm-firmenich’s next milestone for Bovaer® is a 100,000 tonne of CO2e reduction as they continue to strive towards net-zero protein production. For more visit dsm-firmenich.com

David Cox / IDM

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