Royal DSM has received full regulatory approvals from Brazilian and Chilean authorities to commercialise Bovaer®, its novel methane-reducing feed additive for ruminants.
These first market authorisations covering beef, dairy, sheep and goats mark a significant milestone for DSM.
Intense collaboration among scientists and external partners across the globe has made Bovaer® a reality, DSM said. The endeavor, known as Project Clean Cow, encompassed over 10 years, 45 on-farm trials in 13 countries across four continents and more than 48 peerreviewed studies published in independent scientific journals.
Following the first regulatory approvals, DSM can now start introducing its breakthrough innovation to the market.
Mauricio Adade, president of DSM Latin America, said: "We are excited that we got these authorisations in Brazil and Chile, which makes Latin America the first continent to get approvals for Bovaer®. We are delighted that the Brazilian and Chilean regulatory authorities evaluated Bovaer® carefully and efficiently at the same time and included all ruminants and both beef and dairy in their approval.
"A beef trial with Bovaer® at Sao Paolo State University (UNESP) in Brazil conducted in 2016-2017, showed enteric methane emission reductions up to 55%, which highlights the potential of Bovaer® for radically more sustainable cattle farming in Latin America. We are looking forward to collaborating with the Brazilian and Chilean farming sectors to further lower their carbon footprint."
Mark van Nieuwland, programme director at DSM, said: "The recent IPCC's (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) climate change report is a massive wake-up call for us all about the irreversible power of global warming. In it, the IPCC also stated that a rapid reduction of methane emissions could reduce the spread of global warming in the near term and have a positive effect on air quality.
"We know the agricultural and livestock sectors recognise this opportunity for change and are eager to act. We are very excited to now gradually scale up our commercialisation activities and prepare our supply chain with a special focus on Brazil and Chile, and finalise new business models to bring this unique product to market, while recognising the farmers for their efforts in reducing methane emissions."
"Ahead of COP26, it is even clearer that we need to act now so that we get to the middle of the century with net zero emissions, as stipulated in the Paris Agreement. This is why seeing the commitment made by agribusiness, a vital sector for the Brazilian economy, is important to us and the world," Marina Grossi, president of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), said. "In this context, DSM's initiative to reduce the cattle herd's methane emissions through feed is a corporate solution aligned with the challenges we face ahead and is also an effective way to transition towards a net zero economy."
"The supplementation with Bovaer® is an efficient strategy to reduce methane emissions by finishing feedlot beef cattle, without adverse effects on performance," Ricard Reis, professor at UNESP DS, said.
The need to provide enough animal protein for a growing population, while reducing the environmental costs of farming requires smart science and innovative solutions. To address this challenge, DSM's Animal Nutrition and Health business launched its strategic initiative, "We Make it Possible", last year. Its mission is to lead a robust and achievable transformation worldwide in sustainable animal protein production and to accelerate solutions that will foster a brighter future.
The market introduction of Bovaer® is a major step in delivering on this strategic initiative, DSM said.
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