Tuesday, 14 September 2021 08:55

Bovaer OK for use in Brazil, Chile

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Mark van Nieuwland Mark van Nieuwland

A feed additive that reduces methane emissions in animals has received regulatory approval from two Latin American countries.

Bovaer, developed by global science company Royal DSM, has got the green light to commercialise the product in Brazil and Chile.

DSM Latin America president Mauricio Adade says is it excited to get approvals in the two countries.

"We are delighted that Brazilian and Chilean authorities evaluated Bovaer carefully and efficiently at the same time and included all ruminants and both beef and dairy in their approval."

Bovaer is also poised for launch in Australia, after trials under Australian feedlot conditions found it reduced methane emissions by up to 90%.

In New Zealand, Fonterra is trialling Bovaer under a joint partnership with DSM. Trials overseas have shown Bovaer reduces methane emissions by up to 30% in non-pasture raised cows.

Fonterra wants to know whether it would also work in New Zealand's pasture-based farming systems.

The additive is a synthetic chemical compound called 3-NOP, developed by DSM, which has been extensively studied for many years in cows fed in feedlots.

DSM programme director Mark van Nieuwland told Dairy News that registration with NZ Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is ongoing.

"From what we understand, the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) act will be updated, however, it's still unclear to us when this will happen, what the updated text will say, and what therefore the implications on registrations timing will be," he says.

Van Nieuwland says DSM expects to release Bovaer in Australia early next year.

More like this

Methane inhibitor shows results

A feed additive that reduces methane emissions in ruminants is poised for commercial launch in Australia - making it one of the first global markets to access the product.

Methane inhibitor trial showing promise

The development of a methane inhibitor to help reduce livestock methane emissions has real potential, says AgResearch research director Trevor Stuthridge.

National

Tributes to a dairy champion

Fonterra chairman Peter McBride has paid tribute to dairy industry leader John Luxton, who passed away earlier this month.

Dairy tops organic exports

Dairy has been named as New Zealand’s largest organic sector with exports of $153.8 million, up 55% from 2017.

Machinery & Products

Gongs for John Deere

The tractor of the Year 2022 Awards, held at the recent EIMA show in Bologna, handed out a brace of…

Digital pre-start safety checks

According to numbers published by ACC, more than 60 farm-related injuries are reported every day, leaving much room for improvement.

JV for Bucket Test App

Irrigation NZ and global farm management company CropX have established a joint venture agreement for the Bucket Test app.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Poo-powered BMW

OPINION: Car maker BMW is partnering with a California dairy farm to turn effluent into clean energy to power its…

Not bad

OPINION: New Zealand may be a minnow on the global stage but here’s another example how our ag sector punches…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter