After one year, we reduced all imported soybean meals to zero, slashing costs and emissions while increasing the protein content and milk yield by around 2%.

Why does it matter?

Local protein sources decrease the volatility of feed costs and potential financial losses. They also improve our carbon footprint.

How did we solve this?

Together with our farms, we proposed a new diet for cows, replacing soy with rapeseed. We carefully monitored cow performance and adapted the diet when needed. After one year, we reduced all imported soy meals to zero, slashing costs and emissions while increasing the protein content and milk yield.

Opportunities for other farms?

Most livestock farms use soy as a protein source in diets. Diet reformulation, close monitoring and potentially available alternative protein could replace soy on all farms. These alternatives would increase autonomy, reduce deforestation and positively impact our planet along the way.

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