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European dairy, DSM introduce pilot project to reduce greenhouse emissions

♦ To feed methane-reducing additive Bovaer® to 10,000 dairy cows in three European countries ♦ Bovaer® can reduce methane emission by around 30pc from dairy cows

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  • 22 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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European dairy, DSM introduce pilot project to reduce greenhouse emissions

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Arla Foods, the European dairy cooperative, and Royal DSM, the global purpose-led science-based company in nutrition, are set to start a pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by feeding methane-reducing additive Bovaer® to 10,000 dairy cows in three European countries.

A long-standing global research and on-farm trials show that Bovaer ®, a feed ingredient that suppresses the enzyme, can reduce methane emissions by around 30 percent from dairy cows and even higher percentages for beef cows with continued high animal welfare, said a release on Thursday.

Methane emission is one of the dairy industry’s biggest climate challenges. To digest food, cows are continuously burp releasing methane which affects climate change.

In fact, 40 percent of total emissions from Arla Foods’ farms come from their cows’ digestion of feed.

Arla Foods’ farmer owners are among the most climate efficient dairy producers in the world with an average CO2e emission of 1,15kg per kg of raw milk. 

The dairy producers are committed to accelerate their reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in this decade.

The cooperative is set to pilot the use of the new feed additive Bovaer® to 10,000 dairy cows at more than 50 farms in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

“Climate change requires urgent action, and we believe that dairy is part of the solution. Together with DSM, we are now gaining practical on-farm experience by applying the feed additive in one of its largest pilot programmes to date, and one of Arla’s biggest climate projects overall,” said Hanne Søndergaard, executive vice-president and head of agriculture and sustainability of Arla Foods.

This is a great example of innovative scientific solutions and actions, that takes to create a sustainable and resilient future for dairy, he added.

Vice-President of Bovaer® at DSM Mark van Nieuwland said leaders of more than 100 countries recognise the urgency of cutting methane emissions as they pledged to make a difference at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, a few months ago.

“Through the scientific innovation and collaboration, we can help achieve a sizeable reduction in emissions by changing the feed that animals eat every day,” he added.