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Keenan feeder can reduce methane

Irish-based machinery brand, Keenan, has been certified by the Carbon Trust as a more sustainable diet feeder, proven to reduce methane emissions on-farm.

“In light of the government’s announcement regarding The Climate Action Plan, which aims to push Ireland to reach its 2030 targets, and to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Keenan are delighted to offer farmers a tangible means of reducing their carbon footprint on-farm, while enhancing production and profitability,” said Matt Higgins, General Manager, Keenan. The Irish company estimates the feeder can lead to as much as 25% less methane when a below average herd receives rations from the Keenan diet feeder and the company’s controller.

Keenan estimates the feeder can lead to as much as 25% less methane when a below average herd receives rations from the Keenan diet feeder and the company’s controller. Photo: Keenan
Keenan estimates the feeder can lead to as much as 25% less methane when a below average herd receives rations from the Keenan diet feeder and the company’s controller. Photo: Keenan

Increased rumen efficiency

The Carbon Trust has verified that reduced methane output linked to enhanced rumen performance (per litre milk and daily liveweight gain in beef animals) can come as a result of improved feed conversion efficiency (FCE) in livestock. Having investigated the output from the diet feeder and reviewing data from the Keenan controller, the Carbon Trust has established that the machine can increase rumen efficiency by delivering feed that is more easily digestible for cattle, meaning less energy is required and produced by each animal. It also increases mix quality, which is made up of chop type and length as well as fibre type, presentation and most importantly, consistency.

Source: Keenan