Unravelling the secrets of the cow

The dairy industry is facing major challenges, among which the need to reduce greenhouse gases and nitrogen emissions. The cows at the Dairy Campus in Leeuwarden are monitored 24/7 by sensors, trackers and cameras. The animals generate data on nutrition, welfare, milk, grazing, biodiversity, manure and urine. Thanks to this research, a feed additive has been developed that reduces methane emissions by up to 40%. Step by step, the WUR researchers are unravelling the secrets of the cow in the search to find yet more solutions.