Fonterra joins forces with DSM to lower carbon footprint
Longstanding collaboration grows to accelerate use of DSM's methane inhibitor Bovaer® in New Zealand's dairy cows.
28 Jan 2021
As population and income levels grow, so do the demands humans place on our planet. Adapting to more sustainable ways is a responsibility we all share. If future generations are to enjoy the foods we know and love, we need to move forward in ways that are farm wise and climate friendly.
Cows provide nutritious dairy products that we thrive on today - full of the high-quality protein, micronutrients and essential fatty acids our bodies need. Dairy cows also support the livelihood and food security of more than a billion people around the world.
However, cows generate methane, a greenhouse gas with consequences for our planet. Believe it or not, nearly 60% of emissions created globally during milk production come in the form of enteric methane, released into the atmosphere burp by burp. A single dairy cow can generate three tons of CO2 equivalent every year.
Bovaer® is a feed additive for cows (and other ruminants, such as sheep, goats, and deer) researched and developed over 10 years by DSM. Just a quarter teaspoon of Bovaer® per cow per day suppresses the enzyme that triggers methane production in a cow’s rumen and consistently reduces enteric methane emission by approximately 30%. It takes effect immediately and it’s safely broken down in the cow’s normal digestive system. As soon as the additive is not fed anymore, full methane production resumes and there are no lasting effects in the cow. The feed additive Bovaer® therefore contributes to a significant and immediate reduction of the environmental footprint of beef and dairy products.
As a tool to fight climate change, this has the power to deliver quick and immediate wins for the planet. Methane’s warming effect is shorter lived and much more potent than carbon. So eliminating it begins to pay off right away.
Intense collaboration among scientists and experts in nutrition, biology, chemistry, engineering and analytics across the globe has made Bovaer® a reality. That endeavor, known as Project Clean Cow, encompassed >10 years, over 43 on-farm trials, and more than 45 peer-reviewed studies published in independent scientific journals.
Bovaer® is the most extensively studied and scientifically proven solution to the challenge of burped methane to date. No negative impact on animal welfare, feed consumption or performance has ever been identified. After blocking methane production in the stomach, Bovaer® is broken down into natural compounds and eliminated by the cow’s normal digestive processes and consistently reduces their methane emissions.
By helping to reduce the methane impact of cattle farming, we are helping to solve a major global sustainability challenge: supplying consumers with sufficient animal protein in a way that is farm wise and climate friendly.
Our solution is helping food retailers and brands to lower their carbon footprint while also meeting a growing consumer demand for sustainable, eco-friendly products. In addition to preparing market introduction for Bovaer®, DSM is mobilizing key players and influencers across the livestock value chain in order to shape a more sustainable - low-emission - future for the agricultural industry.
Longstanding collaboration grows to accelerate use of DSM's methane inhibitor Bovaer® in New Zealand's dairy cows.
28 Jan 2021
Dairy consortium's 3 month trial resulted in emissions reduction of between 27% and 40% per cow depending on diet and dose.
28 Jan 2021
Breakthrough trial by leading Canadian research consortium and DSM saw reduction of nearly 1,500 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions.
16 Dec 2020
Partners collaborate in developing, building and testing DSM's Bovaer® feed additive in VALIO production and marketing systems.
14 Dec 2020
Consortium comprising DSM, Wageningen University & Research, FrieslandCampina, Agrifirm, De Heus & ForFarmers to trial Bovaer®.
30 Sep 2019
Innovation program developing specialty forms of the methane inhibitor 3-NOP specific for the New Zealand market.
08 Aug 2019
Feed additive cuts methane emissions from dairy cows by +/-30%, with its efficacy confirmed in 26 global peer-reviewed studies.
19 Jul 2019
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