Environment

Marfrig tests compound capable of reducing cattle burping

A farm with 350 animals in the state of Mato Grosso will serve as the pilot, furthering the decarbonization plans of the world's second-largest beef producer

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Nelore cattle herd in a farm in Mato Grosso. Photo: Alf Ribeiro/Shutterstock

Marfrig, the world’s second-largest beef producer and Brazil’s second-biggest food-processing company, has kickstarted a pilot project to reduce cattle belching. 

The company will try to reduce its methane emissions by giving to around 350 cattle heads in the fattening phase a biochemical compound called Silvair. Produced by Cargill, Silvair is capable of collecting part of the hydrogen generated in rumination, combining it with carbon. As a result, methane production during enteric fermentation – which causes the cattle to burp – is replaced by the generation of ammonia, which has no impact on the atmosphere. 

Methane, is naturally produced by cattle...

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