Rumin8 shares trial results of methane-reducing feed additive

Australia based climate technology company Rumin8 has publicised the positive trial results of its investigational methane reducing feed additive. The results showed that cows fed with Rumin8’s feed additive produce less methane.

Rumin8 shares trial results of methane-reducing feed additiveRumin8 has announced positive top-line results from its three cattle trials of its investigational methane reducing feed additive.  The cattle trials – lasting between 75-130 days and involving 92 head of cattle – recorded reductions of methane intensity of up to 86% and weight gains ranging 8.4 percent to 12.5 percent higher than control groups that were fed the same base ration. The trials were undertaken by independent universities in Australia, the United States and Brazil and funded by Rumin8.

Analysis of three cattle trials showed that cattle produced less methane and gained more weight each day, on average, when fed Rumin8’s development stage methane reducing feed additive.

“Weight gains are pivotal for the commercial adoption of methane reducing feed and water additives in the cattle industry. At the very least those weight gains have the potential to offset some of the cost of these additives, all while helping the planet,” said Rumin8 CEO, David Messina. “The main question from farmers when we have released methane reduction results has been: ’how will your product impact my productivity?’ These trials are helping us generate the data required to potentially answer these questions.”

“While our number one focus remains on reducing methane production to address the critical climate risk that this gas presents, we are particularly interested in these initial weight gain figures, because productivity improvements are of high interest to farmers,” Messina continued. “When Rumin8 was founded, our hypothesis was that productivity gains could be achieved by reducing methane because considerable energy is ‘lost’ during the rumination process, when feeds are converted to methane. So, if we could successfully change that process in the rumen, and also maintain or increase feed intake, that previous lost energy could be converted into extra meat or milk.”

These recent results were released at the Breakthrough Energy 2024 Summit in London. Breakthrough Energy Ventures is a cornerstone investor in Rumin8 in its quest to use a pharmaceutical approach to creating affordable feed and water supplements that reduce methane emissions from livestock and improve productivity.