Kaiseraugst, CH,- The Dutch Government has approved the use of VevoVitall® in pig feed to reduce ammonia emission in certain types of pig farms in the Netherlands.
First launched in Europe in 2003, VevoVitall® is a zootechnical feed additive from DSM used in piglets and fattening pigs to reduce the pH of the urine, thus helping to cut the levels of ammonia associated with pig farming. The inclusion of 1% VevoVitall® in the diet of pigs leads to an average of 16% reduction in ammonia emissions.
The Netherlands is home to some 11 million of Europe's approximately 190 million pigs and has Europe's most stringent laws regarding the management of ammonia emissions caused by pig farming. The Dutch legislation on ammonia emission applies to all farms, even those planning to cease operation. For farms equipped with old pig houses, the installation of air washers, which are commonly used to reduce ammonia emissions, can be prohibitively expensive and sometimes even technically impossible. Alternative approaches are therefore necessary to help farmers become compliant without being obliged to make large capital investments on the one hand or to reduce the size of their pig herds on the other. One such approach is the use of VevoVitall® in the feed. It has been shown that by combining the use of VevoVitall® with other low cost measures ammonia emissions can be reduced by as much as 42%. This is great news for both the farmers and the general public.
Dutch legislation on ammonia emissions, principally identifies housing techniques as the best method to reduce the levels of the ammonia associated with pig farming. As a feed additive, VevoVitall® is not yet on the current RAV list (Regelgeving Ammoniak en Veehouderij), but its use has already been approved for farms that will cease operating before 1 January 2020. Today, VevoVitall® is the first and only feed additive that has received such approval.
DSM Nutritional Products has also submitted a dossier for VevoVitall® as best available technique to reduce ammonia emission at the level of European authorities (IPPC - The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control bureau Seville). The evaluation processes are ongoing.
Christophe Paulus, Global Category Manager Eubiotics at DSM Nutritional Products, commented: "DSM's purpose is to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. The potential of VevoVitall® to reduce the environmental impact of pig farming is an example of this commitment. Tests with VevoVitall® have also indicated that pigs given this diet show better feed performance by leading to an additional benefit of 1 to 3 Euro per pig, and have a lower frequency of gut health problems, which brings added benefits for farmers, animals and the environment alike."
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