Manure monofermentation for reducing GHG emissions
Apart from conservation of Biodiversity and the Environment, Continuous Improvement of Animal Welfare and Animal Health, and the preservation of Outdoor Grazing in the dairy farming sector, FrieslandCampina also aims at Climate-Neutral growth.
Various measures are taken to reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, such as longer lives for the cows, feed that reduces the methane emissions, and application of the Animal Nutrient Cycling Assessment (ANCA) for efficient use of minerals (and so with less losses).
Generation of sustainable energy also makes a considerable contribution to reducing the GHG emissions. Besides wind and solar energy, the production of biogas by means of manure monofermentation at farms is another way to generate sustainable energy. Additionally, manure fermentation also reduces the methane emissions.
Manure fermentation is still in development and is not possible at every farm. Expectations are that manure fermentation will be an option for farms with a minimum of 120 cows with closed flooring housing systems. To farms with slatted flooring a bottom limit of 150 cows grazing outdoor applies.
Monofermentation should not come at the expense of outdoor grazing
‘Jumpstart’ , a cooperative by and for dairy farmers who want to apply manure fermentation, only facilitates dairy farmers when in the present situation with outdoor grazing there is sufficient farmyard manure available for cost-effective exploitation of manure fermentation. To determine the capacity need of the monofermentation installation, the farmyard manure production during the Summer is used. In other words, during the outdoor grazing season.
With monofermentation dairy farmers generate green energy and simultaneously reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases. With this they make a contribution to climate-neutral development of the dairy chain.