In a groundbreaking initiative, the University of Malta, has undertaken a project “MethNCowFeed”, financed by the Malta Council for Science & Technology, for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology, through the FUSION: R&I Research Excellence Programme’.
This project address one of the agricultural industry's pressing issues: methane emissions from dairy cows. Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is a significant contributor to climate change, and dairy farming is a notable source of these emissions. The project focuses on improving feed quality and formulation to reduce methane emissions and undigested nitrates produced by cows.
What sets this research apart is its innovative approach, utilizing in vitro fermentation methods and ruminal fluid obtained from slaughtered animals, instead of invasive procedures on live cows. This humane methodology not only promotes ethical research but also aims to improve animal welfare.
The project aligns with European Union priorities for mitigating methane emissions and promoting sustainable agriculture. Its interdisciplinary nature combines dairy science, environmental impact assessment, and agricultural practices, promising potential benefits for both the agricultural sector and the environment. This research could revolutionise feed regimens, benefiting dairy farms and the planet alike.