Mootral – a garlic-based feed additive can reduce the methane produced by cows, sheep and other ruminants. The extract is a natural feed ingredient that limits the growth of bacteria in the ruminant’s stomach.
The key ingredient is allicin, a compound derived from garlic, which reduced methane production by 94 per cent in a laboratory trial simulating ruminants’ digestive processes. Animal trials are now underway to work out the optimum dosage and frequency.
Neem Biotech is already producing the allicin on a commercial scale. They point out that the feed additives can get to work straight away. “Many carbon-offsetting initiatives are frustratingly long-term, but Mootral can reduce methane emissions with immediate effect,” says director Professor Jeremy Stone.
Neem Biotech Limited in the UK – the producer of Mootral has been selected into the final 5 of a global competition looking at ways of mitigating climate change. Click here to vote for this garlic feed supplement. The winner is announced on 3rd April.
Garlic in feed for less methane emission
Sweden studies methane from cow burps
New insights in methane reducing plants
Related internal links:
Weblog: Garlic (by E. Koeleman)
Dossier AllAbout Plant Extracts