Three companies lively within the Dutch agriculture sector have stated that their partnership has seen success with a brand new methane-reducing feed additive for cattle.
Dairy firm Royal FrieslandCampina, well being and diet firm DSM, and agricultural co-operative Agrifirm have included the additive, known as Bovaer, into the common farming actions of 158 dairy farms within the Netherlands, accounting for some 20,000 farms.
The experiment with the additive, which started final yr, has discovered that it may be launched at scale with out affecting animal welfare, milk manufacturing or milk composition.
The organisers of the challenge say that collaborating farmers have seen a lower in methane equal to 10,000t of CO2, a median of 28% much less enteric methane emissions.
The businesses behind the Bovaer challenge are aiming to roll it out throughout extra of the Dutch dairy herd.
From this yr, farmers utilizing the additive within the Netherlands could be recognised for it by means of the carbon footprint measuring instrument of the Dutch dairy sector.
One farmer concerned within the challenge, Lars van den Nieuwenhof, who owns a farm with 125 dairy cows, commented: “As an trade, we’re at tipping level. Now we have to maneuver alongside and attempt to scale back methane emissions.”
He added: “I’m undoubtedly glad with the outcomes. The cows are producing effectively, are wholesome, and fertile. We are going to proceed to make use of the feed additive.”
One other farmer, Jelle Heida, stated: “I participated within the Bovaer pilot as a result of I used to be curious whether or not the feed additive would have an effect on the fermentation course of. I didn’t discover any impact as we added Bovaer to the ration.
“We additionally didn’t observe any adjustments within the well being of our cows or of their milk manufacturing and composition,” Heida added.
FrieslandCampina is aiming to attain a 33% discount in greenhouse fuel emissions on its member dairy farms by 2030 in comparison with 2015 emissions figures.
The corporate stated it’s due to this fact engaged on numerous options to attain this, of which the Bovaer challenge is one.
DSM’s Mark van Nieuwland commented: “We’re delighted with the optimistic suggestions from the dairy farmers concerned on this large-scale pilot challenge, which has confirmed the potential of our modern Bovaer feed additive.
Van Nieuwland stated that DSM will proceed its partnership with FrieslandCampina and Agrifirm to roll the product out throughout extra farms and cows throughout the Netherlands.