Climate smart feed

As long ago as 2008, Lantmännen started calculating the climate values of its feed. Development has continued and Lantmännen is now in the process of updating the climate values of its feed products, and including more commodities in these calculations. 

Did you know...

...that Lantmännen´s work has already resulted in a 30% reduction of climate burden from the feed production?

Lantmännen set a target of reducing emissions from its own products by 40 percent between 2009 and 2020 and already reached this target in 2015. A new target has therefore accordingly been set for a further 40 percent reduction by 2020. Reducing the climate burden from Lantmännen feed products is an important part of efforts to achieve this target.

Lantmännen has developed climate data for its feed commodities and factoring such data into feed optimisation has delivered results. The Lantmännen feed range for beef cattle has reduced its climate load by up to 30 percent compared to earlier ranges, with the same price picture and feed efficiency. On the pig feed side, the reduction is up to 10 percent. 

- Our recipe optimisation system can tell us straightaway today how new recipe formulae can impact the climate. This means we can take this into account from the start when we develop and optimise our new recipes,” says Håkan Nordholm, Product Manager at Lantmännen’s feed unit, who adds:

- At the same time, we must never forget that feed efficiency, that is to say, the amount of feed per unit of meat, eggs or milk produced, is always a fundamental consideration for climate-smart livestock production”.

A common database for the industry

Lantmännen has, via the Swedish Feed & Grain Association, taken the initiative to update and complete a national database of the most common Swedish-produced commodities, together with public authorities and other organisations in the industry. When a common, updated database is in place, the industry can work together to reduce the climate impact of Swedish feed products.

– A common database makes it easier for all feed manufacturers to not only optimize feed recipes based on cost and feed efficiency but also after climate impact. Together we can contribute to an even more sustainable Swedish animal production, says Kristina Gustafsson, feed manager at Lantmännen.

The climate value of a feed is a measure of how much greenhouse gases the feed causes during its total lifespan and is calculated through a life cycle analysis where the total environmental impact of the feed is summed. This includes, among other things, the climate value of the individual feed raw materials, transport and energy consumption during the actual feed production.