As UK retailers ramp up commitments to environmental sustainability targets and reducing carbon footprints on farm, many dairy producers are faced with the need to find alternative protein sources, while maintaining herd performance.

With some major retailers eliminating soya from their milk pools, and Morrisons becoming the first supermarket to announce that the British farms in its supply chain will be required to achieve net zero by 2030, the direct implications for the dairy farmer are clearly set out.

These will only accelerate as the agri-food sector continues to respond to the Government’s 2050 net zero target.

However, underpinning any change to diet is the need to maintain or improve performance and profitability. Award-winning high-energy rumen-protected protein NovaPro, made from UK rapeseed, is bringing performance benefits, including improved intakes and milk yields, while removing soya from dairy cow diets.

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Trials run at the University of Nottingham found rations containing NovaPro produced an additional 1.7 litres of milk per cow per day compared to a soya and rape ration, with no significant effect on milk constituents.

The trials also found an improved amino acid profile, rape having a closer amino acid profile to milk protein than soya, and improved protein utilisation, shown by a significant reduction in milk urea nitrogen level, meaning less nitrogen pollution on farm.

NovaPro has also been recognised as a new and innovative technology in the dairy sector, winning the The Royal Dairy Innovation Award this year. Dairy farmer and RABDF Council Member Tim Downes, who judged the award said NovaPro was a British-owned solution to reduce soya use.  “NovaPro is making the best use of a product from rape oil production and something that is economically strong. The figures presented to us suggest milk yield and health are at least as good as when feeding soya.” 

Trident Feeds believes NovaPro will have a huge effect on the protein supply to the dairy industry, with the ability to lower the environmental footprint of the dairy ration.

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