Who do we partner with to reduce methane emissions in the dairy industry? EVERYONE
Metha.ai provides a unique economic-environmental win-win by optimizing feed additive efficacy in the dairy industry. Our technology leads to productivity gains, such as higher yields, as well as better environmental performance due to lower methane emissions.
Metha.ai realigns the dairy value chain into a sustainable one, offering better milk for people and for the environment.
Here's how we work with different partners in the dairy value chain:
Dairy farmers play a major role in addressing methane emissions associated with milk production. Methane is primarily produced by cows during the digestion process and released through belching (enteric fermentation) and manure management. Optimizing the diet and nutrition of dairy cows can significantly help reduce methane emissions. Metha.ai’s technology identifies the unique needs of the herd using AI-driven microbiome analysis, allowing farmers, farm nutritionists and veterinarians to select the feed additives that create the ideally balanced diet for maximizing feed efficiency and minimizing the production of methane during digestion. By using Metha.ai, farmers can benefit from multiple productivity and health gains and an entirely new revenue stream through the monetization of emission reductions on global carbon markets. Metha.ai’s technology provides farmers with different specialized data that accounts for factors such as farm size, geographical location and weather. Metha.ai offers farmers access to the most advanced tools currently available for improving their environmental performance. Our technology and microbiome-based management tools can help dairy farms meet growing climate change requirements from food companies, dairies and regulatory bodies, contribute to sustainable milk production, and increase revenue.
Dairy farms can participate in emission reduction projects that reduce methane emissions using Metha.ai’s technology. These projects can generate offset credits that can be sold on carbon markets, providing a financial incentive for farmers to implement emission reduction measures.
Farmers can join a project led by a dairy or a food company to gain better yield and meet dairy carbon policy or national regulations.
Dairy nutritionists are trained experts who play a crucial role in the dairy industry by providing guidance on the nutritional needs of dairy animals. Their primary goal is to optimize animal health, productivity, and milk quality through proper nutrition. Nutritionists formulate diets, conduct feed analysis and quality control, and run nutritional assessments to support herd management and health. Metha.ai’s unique technology offers nutritionists a specialized scientific tool to make better nutrition decisions based on AI-driven specific herd microbiome analysis. We work closely with nutritionists, providing them training in the use of our tool and consulting with them on research and innovation opportunities to best use the incredible amount of data from cow microbiome for nutritional decisions.
Nutritionists can be incorporated into methane emission reduction projects and gain an effective tool to select feed additives based on AI-driven microbiome analysis.
Dairies and food companies
Dairies and food companies around the world are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including methane emissions. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is produced during the digestion process in cows and other ruminant animals. Addressing methane emissions from cow burps, a serious emissions hotspot, is crucial for any emission reduction strategy by a dairy or food company. Many dairies are setting specific targets to reduce methane emissions. These targets can be based on a percentage reduction from baseline emissions or an absolute reduction in methane emissions. Setting targets helps dairies focus their efforts and track progress towards reducing their environmental impact. Metha.ai enables dairies to meet their climate change goals and strategies to address methane emissions by optimizing the use of available products in the market and building collaborations with farmers. Metha.ai also collaborates with dairies on scientific research, together with MIT and other research institutions as well as government agencies, to share knowledge, best practices, and research findings related to methane reduction. Ongoing research and development are crucial in identifying new approaches that can further mitigate methane emissions from dairy operations.
A dairy or food company can monetize emission reduction through comprehensive support to dairy farmers in emission reduction projects enabled by Metha.ai technology.
Feed additive manufacturers & distributers: The field of feed additives is growing at a very fast pace. There are already many different feed additive manufacturers that produce products specifically designed for cows. These manufacturers offer a range of additives that aim to improve cow health, performance, and milk production, and that are specifically designed to reduce methane emissions. Investments in methane-reducing feed additives are also growing. However, one key element is currently missing for many of these manufacturers: they are not able to predict which additive is best able to reduce methane emission levels for a specific herd. Metha.ai enables the calculation and selection of the optimal feed additives for the particular requirements of a dairy herd, based on a scientific analysis of the herd’s microbiome.
Feed additive companies can use Metha.ai’s technology as a complementary product to make their feed additives successful and prevent either mixed or no results in herds, which hinders market penetration and client retention.
Carbon markets: Carbon markets provide a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a financial incentive. While carbon markets have primarily focused on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, there is growing interest in other greenhouse gases such as methane (CH4). Metha.ai is partnering with leaders in the carbon market to facilitate the monetization of methane reductions in the dairy sector. Carbon offset markets allow entities with emission reduction obligations to purchase offset credits from projects that have successfully reduced emissions. These markets create a financial value for emission reductions and provide a revenue stream for dairy farmers who implement methane reduction projects. Offset credits can be generated through approved methodologies and can be bought and sold on carbon markets.
Metha.ai’s scientific approach, which includes extensive on-farm methane measurements, enables precise accounting of methane emissions from cow burps, essential for their inclusion in carbon markets. Robust monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems are needed to quantify emissions accurately and ensure the integrity of emission reduction claims. Metha.ai’s unique management dashboard was especially designed to meet these needs.
Dairy farms can participate in projects that generate offset credits that can be sold on carbon markets, providing a financial incentive for farmers to implement emission reduction measures.