FrieslandCampina and DSM have launched a large-scale pilot project to trial DSM’s feed additive, Bovaer, at 200 Friesland dairy farms.
Both companies will test the sustainability and viability of the feed additive over six months, starting later this year. Dutch feed supplier Agrifirm will supply Bovaer to participating farmers.
Bovaer is a feed additive for cows and other animals. It can be added to feed daily, and is said to reduce methane emissions by an average of 30% and decrease the environmental footprint of meat and dairy.
Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEO of DSM, said: “I’m proud that we, FrieslandCampina and DSM, can offer dairy farmers a solution that will help to make a major contribution toward tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time. Collaboration, new ways of thinking and pioneering innovations are crucial to making dairy farming more sustainable. It’s important that dairy farmers are rewarded for their sustainability performance.”
If the results of the pilot project are positive, Bovaer will see further upscaling from 2023.
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