June 7, 2021
DLG, Vilofoss part of project to reduce methane emissions from cow's rumen
Innovation Fund Denmark has invested €2.2 million (US$2.7 million) in "No-Methane", a research project focused on developing a product to reduce methane emissions from the cow's rumen by up to 50%.
DLG and Vilofoss are key partners in the project. It is led by Professor Mette Olaf Nielsen from the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University. Nielsen has teamed up with companies in the food industry to create the best conditions for both research and distribution of the methane-reducing product through collaboration.
The product will be made available in both Denmark and outside the country.
"This is really great news. The grant to the project from Innovation Fund Denmark accelerates the development of a unique green solution that can contribute to a significant CO2reduction from cattle production – not only in Denmark, but throughout the world," said Jesper Pagh, chief operating officer of the DLG Group and member of its executive management.
"We are proud that in collaboration with the universities, we can accelerate the development of a potentially ground-breaking product, and we see it as our task to spread the universities' unique knowledge by making it ready for both production and the market – nationally and internationally."
No-Methane will see research conducted in three different feed solutions that could reduce methane produced in the cow's rumen.
"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 CO2reduction in agricultural production will be significant," said Per Theilgaard, product manager at Vilofoss Denmark. "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 on the international stage."
Birgitte Marie Løvendahl Raun, development manager for cattle at DLG, added: "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 recognise 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."