Indonesia-based animal genomics and biotechnology startup, Moosa Genetics has announced that it had raised funding led by Southeast Asia-focused sector-agnostic venture capital firm, East Ventures
The Global Methane Hub (GMH) at the COP28 forum, announced a million dollar funding initiative between public, private and philanthropic partners including the Bezos Earth Fund, Quadrature Climate Fund and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others to help alleviate methane emissions from livestock
During their 22nd annual meeting, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) decided to further strengthen their collaboration on critical issues to ensure safe, nutritious and sustainable feed and food
Present at the meeting were IFIF delegates representing more than 80% of global compound feed production, committed to working together to address the numerous challenges facing the feed and food chain.
Director of Animal Production and Health at FAO, Thanawat Tiensin highlighted that animal feed played a major role in improving efficiency, which was key to producing more with less. Efficiency could be achieved through the optimisation of feed conversion, reduction of feed loss and waste and enhancement of nutrient utilisation. All of these had the ability to reduce pressure on biodiversity, land and water resources, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate environmental degradation.
Moreover, Tiensen called on all members of the IFIF to continue concrete actions to support sustainable livestock transformation, reaffirming that resilient, inclusive, and efficient sustainable livestock transformation could only be achieved by working together with all stakeholders. He further congratulated the FAO for their previous year’s achievements, which included the organising of the first-ever conference on Sustainable Livestock Transformation and the first high-level Global Forum for Animal Feed and Feed regulators in Rome, directly ahead of the FAO IFIF Annual Meeting 2023.
“The publication of the updated FAO and IFIF Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Sector was a key milestone as we work together on Capacity Development for feed safety,” said Tiensen.
While continuing to contribute to FAO’s work to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), IFIF is also looking forward to the 17th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) in 2024. This is seen as yet another great example of IFIF-FAO collaboration positively impacting the feed and food chain.
“A Capacity Development training in Asia will be an important opportunity for us to further strengthen collaboration with the Asian feed sector, regulators and stakeholders,” added Tiensen.
The Bel group in collaboration with APBO (Bel’s Milk Producers Association in the West of France) have presented the results of a pilot study conducted with dsm-firmenich and Institut de l’Elevage (Idele) on five dairy farms in western France from January to March 2023
The objective of the study was to confirm the practical feasibility of distributing the feed additive, Bovaer to dairy cows in real-life farm conditions, using different types of ration and distribution methods.
Five farms were chosen for the project and Bovaer was added at a rate of around a quarter teaspoon a day to the diet of dairy cows. As Bovaer began taking action, it was safely broken down into compounds naturally present in the rumen, while at the same time suppressing the enzyme, and generating less methane as a result.
Data and analyses have demonstrated Bovaer’s successful implementation, irrespective of the ration type and distribution method used on the farms. Results have also shown that optimal conditions can cause a reduction in enteric methane, which was estimated at between 29% and 42% depending on the farm, over the two months of the study.
When cows combine barn and pasture feeding, Bovaer cannot be distributed during the hours when the cows are on pasture. dsm-firmenich is currently developing a slow-release form of the product which should also enable the product to be active during grazing hours.
“Bovaer offers immense potential for moving towards a low-carbon dairy industry, a strong and long-standing commitment of the Bel group,” said director of Milk Purchasing for the Bel group, Simon Bonnet. “We are delighted to have been able to test this innovative solution in France and demonstrate its relevance, working in concert with our dairy farmers from APBO, Idele and dsm-firmenich.”
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Results of a groundbreaking study unveiled by JBS and Silvateam, global leaders in plant extract production for animal feed, have demonstrated the effectiveness of tannin in curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the beef industry