French cheese maker Bell Group is to launch a feed additive, Povar, to milk suppliers. Originally a large part of the Bell cattle in Slovakia.
Together, Slovak cows produce about 70 million kg of milk, which is needed for the production of all Babybell cheeses for Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
According to Bell, implementing DSM-Firmenich’s Bovaer feed additive cuts methane emissions from each farm by a quarter because part of the chemical reactions that produce methane are suppressed. As a result, each company emits 25 percent less methane on average. In this case, the cheesemaker calculates that this is a total annual methane reduction of 400 tons.
Bell intends to expand Bovaer to other Bell Group products. Pilots with enrollment have been carried out since the beginning of this year. ‘After deploying in Central Europe, we want to realize low-methane milk in other markets,’ says Simon Bonnet, director of milk procurement. ‘Our own research shows that methane emissions account for half of a dairy farm’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through this we can make great progress.’
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