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As the world continues to see more and more evidence of the impact of Global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions on our planet, it has never been more important for each one of us to take responsibility and do our part to reduce these effects.
The role of farming, most importantly beef, dairy and sheep production has increasingly become a topical issue within discussions regarding contributions to GHG production.
In the UK, production efficiency has improved significantly in the last 10 years. However there is more to be done if farmers are to meet personal, organisational and government targets to achieve a net zero emission in the next 10 to 20 years.
In order to meet the challenge of a sustainable future, farmers can not be left alone to shoulder all of the responsibility. FeedWise Ltd have recognized that as feed suppliers we are an integral link in the chain and must take a lead in meeting that challenge head on.
Given the incredible importance of animal feeds in GHG emissions, FeedWise Ltd is taking the lead to ensure all our feeds have a low carbon footprint. Using precision balancing through Dietary Specialists we are able to supply farmers and smallholders with feeds that will boost health, improve performance and most importantly help to reduce their carbon footprint.
With starch from ground maize making up more than 50% of the starch in all FeedWise Ltd feeds, the potential to reduce carbon dioxide and methane production in the rumen is increased. This is because there is more bypass starch in maize than there is in wheat or barley.
As part of the precision balancing, rumen protected true methionine (not analogues) is added to feeds produced by FeedWise Ltd.
By feeding methionine, feeds like soya that have a remarkably high carbon footprint can be removed from most feeds.
Methionine is the first limiting amino acid in dairy and beef cattle and is a precursor to other Sulphur containing amino acids. It is also a methyl donor for the synthesis of choline, creatinine, folic acid, DNA, RNA and phospholipids.
Examples of Individual Feeds showing grams of CO2e/kg feed weight.
Feed Grams of CO2/kgFW
Sugar Beet 882
Rape Meal 1280
Palm Kernel 5547
Examples of FeedWise Feed Mixes showing grams of CO2e/kg feed weight.
Feed Grams of CO2/kgFW
Pig Fast Grower 355
Sow & Weaner Mix 363
Ewe & Lamb Mix 370
Lamb & Ram 383
Calf Mix 377
Beef Mix 378