Fonterra and Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, are teaming
up to work on reducing on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in New Zealand.
While the organisations have a long-standing working relationship, the new collaboration is based around DSM’s feed
additive product Bovaer®, which effectively and consistently reduces methane emissions from cows by over 30 percent in
non-pasture-based farming systems.
The question that needs answering now is: Can it do the same in New Zealand’s pasture-based farming systems?
While New Zealand dairy farms are acknowledged as having the lowest carbon footprint in the world among major milk
producers, Fonterra recognises that biological emissions produced by cows are a major contributor to the country’s
overall emissions and is working to do whatever it can to find ways to reduce them.
Fonterra Group Director Farm Source Richard Allen says that finding a solution to the methane challenge requires more
than just the hard graft farmers are putting in.
“We need to find a breakthrough in reducing emissions from cows and Bovaer® could provide exactly that. This work with
DSM is an exciting opportunity for the Co-op.”
Fonterra Chief Science & Technology Officer, Prof. Jeremy Hill, says the Co-op wants to explore and validate how Bovaer® could work here in New
Zealand, where cows are predominantly fed grass.
“We also see this as an opportunity to further accelerate our global leadership in low-carbon dairy products to create
more value for our New Zealand milk.”
“Fonterra is working closely with DSM New Zealand to ensure that any innovation is well tested and can easily be
distributed and used by our farmers.”
Mark van Nieuwland, global programme head for DSM Nutritional Products says they are proud to be in collaboration with
“Both companies have worked together for many years, and it’s a pleasure to extend this to the field of sustainability
and climate change,” he says.
“With Fonterra, we have an important partner to potentially commercialise Bovaer® in New Zealand and globally. We look
forward to combining our expertise and passion.”
Bovaer® was featured by the World Resources Institute as one of the ten global break-through technologies that could
help to feed the world sustainably and if trials prove successful, it could help continue New Zealand’s leadership role
in low carbon dairy production.