Keenan, who are part of the Alltech group, has been certified by the Carbon Trust as a more sustainable diet feeder, proven to reduce methane emissions on-farm.
Over the years, Keenan has long been synonymous with engineering cutting-edge diet feeders, which produce a unique homogeneous mix that optimizes rumen health and ensures consistent animal performance. The Carbon Trust has verified that reduced methane output linked to enhanced rumen performance (per litre milk and daily live weight gain in beef animals) can come because of improved feed conversion efficiency (FCE) in livestock. Having investigated the output from the KEENAN diet feeder and reviewing data from the Keenan controller, the Carbon Trust has established that the Keenan 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.
“Keenan offers farmers a tangible means of reducing their carbon footprint on-farm, while enhancing production and profitability”, said Matt Higgins, General Manager, Keenan.
“The animal food supply chain is faced with growing pressures to reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions. As concern for our planet’s finite resources escalates, we have a responsibility to be proactive in sourcing solutions and partnerships that can relieve environmental strain and prioritize sustainability on-farm,” said Higgins.
The Carbon Trust report cited that improving herd performance through improved FCE is expected to reduce methane production. Keenan estimates this can lead to as much as 25 per cent less methane when a below average herd receives rations from the Keenan diet feeder and the Keenan Controller.