Agravis Raiffeisen AG

MX concept combines methane reduction and feed efficiency

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Agravis has developed a new feeding concept. The goal: to reduce methane emissions. The company aims to achieve a reduction of up to 30 percent by 2024.

At the climate conference in Glasgow, the goal was set to reduce methane emissions in Europe by 30 percent by 2030. Some of the methane emissions come from agriculture, or more precisely from cattle farming. So the path is set: Agricultural operations must reduce methane. With innovative feeding concepts, Agravis wants to contribute to the sustainable development and location security of German livestock farming.

This is precisely where Agravis ' new MX concept

comes in, he said, combining methane reduction and maximum feed efficiency in the specialty and compound feed segments. "With the MX concept, we are convinced that we have developed a sustainable solution: We currently achieve a calculated methane reduction of five to a maximum of ten percent in a milking herd, depending on the initial situation. With our concept, we plan to be able to achieve a reduction of 30 percent by 2024," reports veterinarian Dr. Bernhard Lingemann from Product Management Cattle at Agravis Futtermittel GmbH. Bernd Schmitz, managing director of Agravis Futtermittel GmbH, adds, "Our goal in developing the concept was to achieve on-farm methane reduction without incurring additional costs per kilogram of milk produced for farmers." In doing so, Agravis consultants apply a special ration design in terms of methane reduction, taking into account the official formula for calculating cows' methane production. The increased feed efficiency contributes significantly to methane reduction. The advisors are already trained in the use of the new ratios in the ration calculation and the feeds of the MX concept can be accessed.