DSM-Firmenich receives market authorization for Bovaer in UK

The authorization means dairy farmers in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to use the additive, which has been shown to reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle by an average of 30%.

Cattle Eating Feed In Barn
Courtesy DSM-Firmenich

DSM-Firmenich has received market authorization in the United Kingdom (U.K.) for its methane-reducing feed additive, Bovaer.

The authorization means dairy farmers in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to use the additive, which has been shown to reduce methane emissions in dairy cattle by an average of 30%. For the entire dairy value chain, including supporting processors, retailers and the food services sector, it means scope 3 emissions of dairy can be lowered with 10-15% of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per liter of milk. Additionally, it will help the U.K. in delivering on the commitments of the Global Methane Pledge and the Climate Change Act.

“At DSM-Firmenich, we are excited about gaining another market authorization this year,” said Mark van Nieuwland, vice president, Bovaer. “It demonstrates the global relevance and potential of Bovaer.

He added that the company is building a production plant for Bovaer in the U.K. to support global sales. Construction is underway in Dalry, Scotland, and the plant is expected to become operational in 2025.

DSM-Firmenich aims to make Bovaer available to the U.K. dairy sector in early 2024. It is now available in 57 countries.

In September, the company said two highly successful trials of Bovaer had been completed in Italy. Trials conducted at CERZOO, the dairy farm of Università Cattolica, achieved reductions close to 50% in methane emissions. And, in August, DSM-Firmenich said Bovaer had reached a “significant milestone,” enabling farmers to save 50,000 tons of CO2e.

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