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Garlic in feed for less methane emission

Dutch feed firm Provimi, Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands and the Finnish Alimetrics have teamed up to study the methane fighting properties of the garlic.

The next two years, Provimi will research garlic in large groups of cows and test whether the garlic can reduce methane and be profitable for the farmer as well.

According to researcher Sander van Zijderveld, garlic influences the methane producing bacteria in the rumen. He says that garlic therefore has a positive effect on the energy balance in the animal. "That is logical because when methane is released, energy is lost", he added.

On average, a cow released 400 grams of methane per day. By using feed additives, this can be reduced by 15%.

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