A PROFITABLE ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH FOR LIVESTOCK FARMERS
Published since 2001, research and development studies carried out jointly by Valorex and INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) have shown the link between animal product (milk/meat) fatty acid properties and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (enteric methane) produced by ruminant digestion.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
In the light of this finding, in 2011 with the French Government, and in 2013 with the UN, Valorex validated a patented methodology for the indirect measurement of methane emissions by livestock based on the fatty acids in milk. Called Eco-Methane, the aim of this method is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ruminants through more balanced feed containing grass, alfalfa, linseed, etc.
Improving the zootechnical performance of livestock farmers
Methane production during the animal’s digestive process causes energy intake losses. So reducing this leads to less energy loss and better herd profitability: improved animal health, higher productivity and better fatty acids profile in milk and meat.
By making adjustments to ruminant feed, herd greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 20% and the economic performance of farms can be improved at the same time.
600 livestock farmers committed to Eco-Methane and fewer tons of CO2 produced each year
It is already being used in 8 countries: Israel, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, the United Kingdom and France. It is appropriate for dairy cattle, beef cattle and goat farms, where an average reduction in methane emissions of 15% has been observed.
Highlighting agriculture’s environmental involvement
It is a specific example of the “Socially Responsible Food” movement started by Valorex, promoting farming practices that are able to reconcile farming performance and the nutritional quality of animal products for the benefit of human health and protecting the planet.
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