The San Diego-based firm says its feed supplement can redirect methane-generating carbon in cow’s rumen into compounds that can be used as energy by the animal to produce more milk with a lower environmental footprint.
Vilomix, which is owned by Danish Agro, Agravis and Vestjyllands Andel, has inked a deal to acquire 75% of the Brazilian premix and minerals company, Vitamix Nutrição Animal, which owns factories in Brazil and also in Paraguay.
The Irish government has set a target of 25% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its agriculture sector by 2030, but farmers say there are no financial incentives to help them achieve such a reduction.
Danone Manifesto Ventures, the corporate venture arm of food and beverage company Danone, led a US$7m Series A funding round in Symbrosia, a Hawai’i-based startup that has developed a feed additive made from red seaweed.
Existing strategies, diligently applied, could mitigate livestock methane emissions enough to help the sector limit its share of global warming to the 1.5°C target by 2030, finds a recently published review.
In what is claimed to be a world-first off-take-agreement, CH4 Global will provide Australian company, Pirie Meats, with an Asparagopsis seaweed supplement for up to 10,000 head of cattle, cutting methane emissions by up to 90%.
Poultry feed may possibly lose its position as the leading segment of EU compound feed production to pig feed for the first time after more than a decade, as a result of a continuous, downward trend in output.
Dried grape pomace provides a cheaper alternative fiber source for beef feedlot cattle and may improve growth performance and carcass attributes compared to traditional feed ingredients, researcher say.
Increased cattle production in Brazil may raise the risk of deforestation to meet feed needs; however, increasing industry transparency and cattle tracking could alleviate some of that risk, says analyst.
Broad, general recommendations cannot be made at a national level for improving sustainability, improvements must be made on an individual operation basis, finds a study looking at the environmental impact of US beef cattle production.