Methane-reducing feed additive Bovaer secures UK regulatory approval

dsm-firmenich is said to be working closely with the UK dairy sector to introduce the methane-reducing solution to the English, Welsh and Scottish markets after securing an approval from the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland in December. The products is already authorized for use in 57 countries, including the EU and Northern Ireland.

According to the manufacturer, scope 3 emissions – those that occur in the value chain – from dairy can be slashed by 10-15% carbon equivalents per liter of milk if the feed additive is introduced. This is also the first time that UK regulators approve a feed additive formulated to deliver an environmental benefit.

Bovaer’s market authorization forms part of a wider strategy hatched by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (known as Defra) to deliver solutions that can help the livestock industry lower its environmental impact through the use of methane-suppressing feed products. According to the government, ruminant livestock, particularly cows and sheep, are primary drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, but ministers say that research has shown that feed products with methane-inhibiting properties can significantly reduce these emissions, particularly in the case of confined cattle.

The UK is also aiming to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with farming minister Mark Spencer stating that ‘it is vital’ for his department and the Devolved Governments to explore ways to assist farmers in further reducing ag emissions.