FrieslandCampina joins forces to reduce emission from Dutch cows

By Jim Cornall contact

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Trials have shown an expected reduction of methane of 14% enteric emissions per kilogram of milk.
Trials have shown an expected reduction of methane of 14% enteric emissions per kilogram of milk.

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Chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut and dairy company FrieslandCampina are both striving to be carbon neutral.

They have teamed up with feed additive producer Agolin and feed provider Agrifirm to take part in a pilot to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a cow feed additive.

Starting this month, a group of FrieslandCampina’s and Agrifirm’s member farmers will test the product for a year, as a selected group of member farmers can test an extra hands-on opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of their farm.

During this pilot, the member farmers will test Agolin’s feed additive, which is provided in a mineral mixture by Agrifirm. The feed additive is a blend of plant extracts from spices and herbs, which can reduce the methane emission of cows.

Trials have shown an expected reduction of methane of 14% enteric emissions per kilogram of milk (as claimed by Carbon Trust). The data gathered during the pilot will allow the companies to make fact-based decisions on next steps.

Simone Boitelle, director corporate affairs & communications at FrieslandCampina, said, “We’re excited that an important customer such as Barry Callebaut joins us on our ‘lead with sustainability’ journey.

“For us, it’s in our DNA to work together for the long-term, to truly make a measurable sustainable impact. That’s what we call cooperative sustainability. And that’s exactly what we are doing now with our partners. From feed to cow, from milk to chocolate.”

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