The cow is often referred to as the agriculture’s number one climate sinner. When it burps, it emits methane, which is a polluting greenhouse gas, and one of the main reasons for the emission of the CO2 from agricultural production. Therefore, it is good news that Innovation Fund Denmark has approved an investment in the project, ‘No-Methane’, which will carry out research in a specific product that, when added to the cow’s feed, can reduce methane emissions from the cow’s rumen by up to 50 %.
The project is led by Professor Mette Olaf Nielsen from the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University, who has teamed up with companies in the food industry to create the best conditions for both research and distribution of the product through collaboration.
DLG and Vilofoss are key partners in the project because our role as a feed company involves both maturing and developing the product to make it suitable and ready for the market. In the end we are also the ones delivering the product to the farmer – both in Denmark and abroad.
“The project is completely unique and exciting for Vilofoss to be a part of. If we succeed with this project, it will resonate throughout the world, because the CO2 reduction in agricultural production will be significant. And the potential is not only great in Denmark, as cows are part of agricultural production on a global level as well. At Vilofoss, we can make a difference in distributing the product, as we have a sales network also on the international stage,” says Per Theilgaard, product manager at Vilofoss Denmark.
Birgitte Marie Løvendahl Raun, development manager for cattle at DLG, adds:
“DLG are key partners in this project, because we want to help develop the greener agriculture of the future. The cow is, in a sustainable perspective, quite unique, but we must recognize that its methane emissions are a problem. That is why we are proud that DLG is actively participating in the problem-solving of the issue.”