VALIO, Finland’s largest global dairy cooperative company, and Royal DSM, a purpose-led, global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, have signed a collaboration agreement to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of dairy production in Finland.
VALIO, chosen as Finland’s most sustainable brand, is determined to improve animal and human welfare, while taking active measures to reduce their environmental and climate impacts. VALIO’s milk ranks among the cleanest in the world. VALIO aims to make its dairy value chain carbon-neutral by 2035. This collaboration with DSM is one of the steps to reach this ambition.
Over the past 10-years, DSM has developed a feed additive, named Bovaer®, which consistently and effectively reduces enteric methane emissions from cattle by ~30 percent. DSM is working with partners from the dairy and beef value chain to prepare for market introduction. The activities include joint trials to confirm effectiveness in local farming systems, co-development of low-carbon dairy products, and establishment of business models. The collaboration with VALIO is a significant step towards market introduction.
VALIO and DSM collaborate in an end-to-end demonstration scenario to develop, build and test Bovaer® in the VALIO production and marketing systems. The activities in this trial are amongst others tracking animal and milk performance parameters and calculating the eco footprint reduction. VALIO will conduct quality and processability assessments to qualify Bovaer® as a feed additive for use on VALIO farms.