YEA-SACC® & OPTIGEN® from Alltech are now certified by the Carbon Trust to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy


As the feed and food supply chain faces continual pressure to reduce its environmental footprint, global animal health and nutrition company Alltech remains committed to helping the dairy industry tackle this challenge. As part of this commitment, Alltech has announced the addition of its flagship brands, YEA-SACC® and non-protein nitrogen source OPTIGEN® to its Carbon Trust-accredited offerings.

In dairy animals, methane is an indicator of waste not only for the animal, but also in terms of farm profitability. Increasing animal efficiency helps the animal retain more of that potential energy. This allows for both more environmentally sustainable production as well as increased profitability for the farm.

The Carbon Trust’s findings on YEA-SACC® highlighted that reduced emissions do not need to come at the expense of improved animal performance; YEA-SACC® was shown to increase milk yield, milk fat and protein content, and nitrogen uptake via improved ruminal bacteria. YEA-SACC® is the only yeast culture designed for use in ruminant diets that has been awarded this certificate. OPTIGEN® is a technology that provides a sustained release of ammonia to rumen microbes at an ideal rate, which helps to avoid periods of excess rumen ammonia, thereby reducing nitrogen excretion. The Carbon Trust has also validated that the replacement of high-carbon ingredients (such as soya) with OPTIGEN® significantly reduces the risk of a high carbon footprint

The Carbon Trust, a global organization with its headquarters in London, provides independent advice to businesses, governments and institutions on reducing carbon emissions, formed an opinion based on evidence from public research and on-farm trials demonstrating the efficacy of YEA-SACC® and OPTIGEN® in ruminant diets.

““This recognition from the Carbon Trust is another hugely exciting milestone for YEA-SACC®, the product that put Alltech on the map in the early 1980s. Relieving the burden of nitrogen excretion on the environment is possible by optimizing rumen function, and OPTIGEN® offers a proven way of achieving that,” said Matthew Smith, vice president of Alltech. “This award from the Carbon Trust is another fantastic landmark as we continue to help producers lower their footprint while increasing their profitability.”

 “For many years, Alltech has been working with farmers to help them determine exactly where their operations fit into the emissions picture and to reduce their carbon footprint,” continued Smith. “The Carbon Trust certification is a significant development for Alltech and for our customers, who are equally as committed to reducing farming’s impact on the environment.”

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