August 1, 2023
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 metric tons 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 for Bovaer 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 1/4 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 metric ton of CO2e reduction, as they continue to strive towards net-zero protein production.
Bovaer is authorized and available for sale in over 45 countries, including the EU/EEA, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Pakistan, Switzerland and Turkey (per June 2023).
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