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By William DeKay

Agriculture Canada and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association participated in a two-year trial that studied the technology

A novel feed ingredient may soon provide a breath of fresh air to livestock producers and the environment.

A two-year, large-scale trial in Alberta beef cattle has demonstrated that a feed additive called 3-NOP, added to commercial feedlot diets, can reduce methane emissions by up to 80 percent without negative impacts on animal health, performance or carcass characteristics.

According to a report from Royal DSM, a global science-based company that developed the additive, it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1,500 tonnes of CO2-equivalent (C02e) in a trial with 15,000 cattle, which it said is comparable to taking 500 cars off the road for a year.

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