Methane emissions reduction
Another article that gained a lot of traction was the interview we did with DSM on how it is looking to reduce methane generated by dairy cows raised on pasture, following its work to address production of the gas by animals managed in more intensive systems.
The development of a slow-release methane inhibitor provides an option for producers working with pasture-based programs, said Mark van Nieuwland, global program head, DSM.
“To be able to reach many of those animals and create the fast impact on climate change, we realized that we needed to have tailored forms and applications for different local farming systems."
"Practices are different around the globe and even within countries,” he continued. “Therefore, the more forms and applications we have to use the 3NOP [methane inhibiting feed additive] the better.”
The research was conducted in New Zealand due to increasing concerns about climate change there and the fact the country’s dairy cattle sector is predominately a pasture-based one, he said.