Innovative Agricultural Feed Cuts Methane Production

Animal Health

There has been an issue for information by the UK administration regarding data on innovative agricultural feed from scientists, farmers, and the general public.

Methane-inhibiting feed solutions may be capable of minimising farm animal emissions, particularly cattle. Components of the products include probiotics, methane blockers, organic acids, seaweed, essential oils, and antibiotics.

“Defra is trying to establish how both farmers and agribusinesses can use this technology more widely“

To create a more sustainable manufacture process for protein, Defra is trying to establish how both farmers and agribusinesses can use this technology more widely.

It will take into account the existing function of feed additives, as well as any obstacles that could stand in the way of the adoption of feed products that reduce methane emissions.

In 2019, methane emissions from the agricultural sector contributed to over half of the 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. However, modern technologies have supported a 16% decrease since 1990.

Victoria Prentis, farming minister for Defra, said that “It’s right to consider how we can help farmers produce food sustainably and reduce emissions. Well managed livestock can provide various environmental benefits. Through this call for evidence we’ll better understand the promising role feed additive technologies could play and how government can help drive its development.”

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