5th June 2019

Methane reduction and dairy

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to seaweed, and rightly so. Seaweed is not only very healthy for humans and animals, it also removes CO2 and access nutrients from the ocean. As one of the fastest growing plants on earth, seaweed has therefore been identified as a potential climate solution. In this project we want to multiply the climate benefit of seaweed by feeding it to cows.

Because what happens is that green house gasses (mainly methane) from dairy farming ends up in the sea via the air. Waste from agriculture is also added via the major rivers. Seaweed turns GHG and that waste into a high-quality product. By bringing seaweed back into our food chain, we create a circular solution. Our idea is that if we can also reduce methane, that is a triple win.

That’s why in collaboration with the Dutch Agricultural Organisation we have started a collaborate research project to investigate the use of seaweed as a dietary supplement for cows. Other partners in the consortium are CONO cheese makers, de Heus animal feed, Hortimare and Stichting Green Port Noord-Holland Noord. Wageningen Livestock Research leads the scientific research that focuses on identifying Northern European algae species with a measurable effect on methane reduction, with animal health as a precondition.

The project – which is part of the Rural Development Programme (POP3) – lasts until the end of 2020.   

The project is made financially possible by the province of Noord-Holland, the Rural Development Programme (POP3) and EAFRD, co-financing by the Dairy Fund, the PPS Proseaweed with co-financing by the Ministry of Agriculture, LTO projects, LTO Noord, Stichting Green Port Noord-Holland Noord, Wageningen Livestock Research, CONO cheese makers and Hortimare are partners in this project.