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Fonterra Farms tackles the methane problems

New Zealand agricultural co-operative, Fonterra, has collaborated with Royal DSM to produce and test a food additive for ruminants that consistently reduces the methane emitted by cows by over 30 per cent. 

Just a quarter teaspoon of Bovaer for each animal every day is all it takes. Given that agricultural methane emissions account for nearly half of New Zealand’s carbon emissions, this small change could have a significant impact on New Zealand’s carbon performance. 

A New Zealand cow not admitting to anything but looking slightly guilty. 

The five-year program of testing is part of a long-standing relationship between Fonterra and Royal DSM. Mark van Nieuwland, DCM’s global program head for DSM Nutritional Products said, “With Fonterra, we have an important partner to potentially commercialize Bovaer in New Zealand and globally” while Fonterra’s chief technology officer, Jeremy Hill says Fonterra sees it as, “an opportunity to further accelerate our global leadership in low footprint dairy products, and create more value for our New Zealand milk.”

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