Methane-reducing feed additive is approved

23 November 2021 | Muriel Cozier

Bovaer is the result of 10 years of scientific research’

Royal DSM has received a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority for use of its methane-reducing feed additive for ruminants in the European Union. At the same time the company has announced that that the feed additive, Bovaer, will be produced at a new plant on DSM’s site in Dalry, Scotland, UK.

DSM says that Bovaer is the result of 10 years of scientific research, including more than 50 peer-reviewed studies published in independent journals and 45 on-farm trials in 13 countries across four continents. During September 2021, the additive received full regulatory approvals in Brazil and Chile. Approval from the European Food Safety Authority means that DSM can start market development in Europe during the first half of 2022.

The company says that one quarter of a teaspoon of Bovaer per cow per day ‘consistently reduces enteric methane emissions by approximately 30% for dairy cows and up to 90% for beef cows.’ DSM added that its product is ‘the most extensively studied and scientifically proven solution to the challenged of burped methane to date.’

Commenting, Ivo Lansbergen, DSM’s President, Animal Nutrition and Health said: ‘It is very timely, after the IPCC’s climate change report and the recent Global Methane Pledge during COP26, that a positive opinion has been given for a feed additive that we know can have such a beneficial environmental impact.’

DSM has recently launched a series of quantifiable commitments aimed at addressing societal and environmental challenges linked to how the world produces and consumes food. The introduction of Bovaer is part of the company’s delivery on its commitments.

Action on methane has become a priority. Along with the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative led by the US and the European Union, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the International Methane Emissions Observatory. The initiative, which is supported by the European Union, is tasked with improving the reporting accuracy and public transparency of human caused methane emissions.

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