Dairy company Valio and Royal DSM start a collaboration to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of dairy production in Finland. The companies signed an agreement for this collaboration.
Valio is Finland’s largest global dairy cooperative company. The dairy processor is determined to take active measures to reduce their environmental and climate impacts. Valio aims to make its dairy value chain carbon-neutral by 2035. The collaboration with DSM is one of the steps to reach this ambition.
DSM has developed a feed additive, named Bovaer. The additive consistently and effectively reduces enteric methane emissions from cattle by about 30 percent. DSM is working with partners from the dairy and beef value chain to prepare for market introduction. The activities include joint trials to confirm effectiveness in local farming systems. Furthermore, co-development of low-carbon dairy products, and establishment of business models. The collaboration with Valio is a significant step towards market introduction.
Valio and DSM collaborate in an end-to-end demonstration scenario. This will implement Bovaer in the Valio production and marketing systems. The activities in this trial are amongst others tracking animal and milk performance parameters and calculating the eco footprint reduction. The dairy company will conduct quality and processability assessments to qualify Bovaer as a feed additive for use on Valio farms.
Juha Nousiainen, head of the climate program in Valio, is excited about the development. “DSM has invented a promising solution to drastically improve the greenhouse gas footprint of cows. This solution for reducing enteric methane will be an important building block to reach our ambitions for carbon neutral milk. We are looking forward to the collaboration.”
Mark van Nieuwland, global program head for DSM says: “We are excited that we can support Valio in its ambitions to move to carbon neutrality by 2035. Tackling enteric methane emissions is an important element hereof, and we are pleased to make Bovaer available to Valio.”
Bovaer is a feed additive for cows (and other ruminants, such as sheep, goats, and deer). The product has been researched and developed over ten 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. This results in consistent reduction of enteric methane emission by approximately 30 percent. The feed additive therefore contributes to a significant and immediate reduction of the environmental footprint. Bovaer awaits EU approval and is expected to be available in the Finnish market in 2021.
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