ALL ABOUT MOOTRAL

Mootral is a proprietary natural feed supplement scientifically proven to reduce methane from cows by 30%.

Mootral is a Swiss AgriTech company that develops innovative carbon reduction solutions for companies and governments. Its first solution is a natural feed supplement that significantly reduces methane emissions from ruminants. Mootral is based on a proprietary combination of active compounds from garlic and flavonoids derived from citrus. Our research shows a nearly complete inhibition of emitted methane in lab experiments that reaches up to 38% reduction under real farm conditions  


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The Mootral business model sets out to prove “there is good business in the business of doing good”. Mootral unlocks new, innovative and profitable approaches to reducing GHG emissions, including the creation of a new climate-friendly food standard for beef and dairy products and a “cow credit” currency. Mootral is a “win-win” for all, but especially for farmers. Today, farmers are facing economic hardships and regulatory challenges unforeseen just a few decades ago. In order to support their future financial prosperity in a sustainable way, and one that meets the emerging needs of consumers, new thinking is needed. Mootral is the result of that thinking – bringing strong benefits to all stakeholders.

Cows, being the highest methane producers amongst ruminants, are a crucial factor in our environmental ecosystem and the economy, Mootral is setting the foundation for the future through a solution that makes an impact today. It enables a positive transition to climate-smart agriculture designed to help farmers earn more money and industry partners to reduce their impact on the environment. The future is climate-smart and the future is now.

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THE NEED TO ADDRESS METHANE EMISSIONS FROM AGRICULTURE TODAY

  • The global livestock industry is responsible for 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
  • This makes it the largest contributor of GHGs after energy and industry ahead of the entire transportation sector.
  • There are more than 1.5 billion cows on earth[1] and according to the latest forecasts, there will be 2.5 billion cows by 2050.
  • Cows are the largest source of methane emissions in the world – a cow naturally produces around 500 litres of methane a day, which equates on average to 3-4 tonnes of CO2e per annum (based on GWP100 = 28).
  • However, Methane has a shorter life span and is 86x more powerful than CO2 in the first 20 years.[2] Hence, on average a cow emits around 12 tons CO2e a year.[3]
  • In other words, the average cow produces more CO2e per year than the average car.[4]


    [1] FAO – Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM)

    [2] GWP Values and lifetimes from 2013 IPCC AR5 p714
    [3] GWP 86
    [4] Average car emissions (CO2/km/year): 130g CO2 x 65km x 250days

LEARN MORE ABOUT COWS AND METHANE

HOW DOES A COW PRODUCE METHANE?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually through belching. On average a cow produces around 500 litres of methane per day.

A cow belches once per minute

A cow pollutes more than an average car

There are 1.5 billion cows on earth

By 2050 2.5 billion cows are expected to live on earth

WHY SO MUCH METHANE?

To understand why cows produce methane, it's important to know a bit more about how their digestive system works. Cows, goats, sheep, and several other animals belong to a class of animals called ruminants. While humans digest food in your intestines, ruminants do it via a four-compartment stomach. They eat food, regurgitate it as cud and then eat it again. This remarkable digestive ability, called enteric fermentation, enables cows to transform valuable biomass, such as grass, into high quality protein and other nutrients, which are then available for a growing human population. However, a byproduct of enteric fermentation is methane produced by bacteria in the largest stomach, the rumen.

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MORE ABOUT METHANE

Methane is a colourless, odourless gas. It is lighter than air, at normal temperatures and pressures.

Methane traps over 86 times as much heat over a 20-year period as carbon dioxide.* While its lifetime in the atmosphere is much shorter than carbon dioxide’s (12.8 years), it traps far more radiation.

*Source: IPCC

Methane is responsible for up to 25% of global warming. Methane is the most prevalent greenhouse gas after CO2.

Agriculture is responsible for an estimated 24% of the world's greenhouse gases; around 40% of that corresponds to cattle emissions. A significant portion of these emissions come from methane, whose contribution to global warming is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over 100 years. The majority of consumers want to continue to enjoy beef and dairy and at the same time want to do their part in reducing climate change. Market research confirms that consumers are willing to pay more for climate-friendly produce, which in turn helps farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NATURAL INGREDIENTS – THE SCIENCE BEHIND

Mootral is made up of two natural ingredients: garlic powder and citrus extracts.


Natural plant extracts are an attractive and effective alternative to synthetic products in animal health and have been shown to have significant ability in modulating rumen fermentation[1][2]. Natural compounds from garlic have shown consistent methane reducing and propionate increasing capacity. These health-promoting effects on ruminants have been confirmed with in-vitro, in-vivo and ex-vivo methods[3][4].

Natural plant flavonoids including citrus extracts are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and recent studies have revealed their ability to improve rumen fermentation. Neem Biotech, Mootral’s research arm, has put extensive resources into investigating the combination of these natural compounds and their synergistic relationship.

All this to say, just a few grams of Mootral into the feed not only makes the ruminant climate-friendly but contains no harmful chemicals, all resulting in better health and performance prospects for the herd.

[1] Martin, C., Morgavi D.P. and Doreau, M. 2010. Methane mitigation in ruminants: from microbe to farm scale. Animal 4(3): 351-365.
[2] Cieslak, A, Szumacher-Strabel, M., Stochmal, A. and Oleszek, W., 2013. Plant components with specific activities against rumen methanogens. Animal 7(S2): 253-265.
[3] Kamra, D.N., Agarwal, N. Sakthivel, P.C. and Chaudhary, L.C., 2010. Garlic as a rumen modifier for eco-friendly and economic livestock production. Journal of Applied Animal Research. 40(2): 90-96.
[4] Zafarian, R., Manafi, M., 2013. Effect of Garlic Powder on Methane Production, Rumen Fermentation and Milk Production of Buffaloes. Annual Review & Research in Biology 3(4): 1013-1019

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MEET THE TEAM

MOOTRAL is an AgriTech company based in Switzerland that develops innovative solutions for companies and governments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the agricultural sector.

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Thomas Hafner

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Elsa Zoupanidou

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