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The study on the operation of Bovaer® was carried out by Wageningen Livestock Research among others and was carried out at innovation centre Dairy Campus. With Bovaer®, a reduction of up to 30% in methane emissions from rumen fermentation in dairy cows can be achieved. Methane is a strong greenhouse gas – much stronger than CO2The goals of Low carbon farming is to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Bovaer® contributes to this by helping the programme take a significant step forward.

Bovaer® is the first EU-approved feed additive with impact on methane emissions. The powder is mixed into a mineral mix or livestock feed and suppresses the enzyme that produces methane in the cow's rumen. The compound has no effect on the production, composition or processability of the milk or meat. Bovaer® is safely broken down again by the cow’s normal digestive system and is not present in the cow’s manure or urine. Once results are known, they will of course be shared. Fifty dairy farmers are now participating in the Low carbon farming programme.

Since 2021, Vreugdenhil and Nestlé have jointly launched the Low carbon farming programme, in which we are jointly investing over EUR 50 million. The costs of Bovaer® are paid from this fund. Participants receive not only personal guidance, a company-specific reduction plan and knowledge, but also financial compensation for this transition.