DSM acquires Brazilian animal technology company

Based in Belo Horizonte, Prodap combines food, consulting and technology services to optimize ruminant operations, DSM said.

“Through its portfolio of digital solutions, it collects data and develops real-time insights, which are then translated into customized food solutions for customers, with remote or personal support provided by its experienced consultants. Prodap has operations in Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais and has 330 employees serving more than 5,000 farms in Brazil with impressive levels of customer loyalty.

DSM said Prodap will complement its in-depth knowledge of animal nutrition and advisory capabilities with its extensive consulting experience, facilitating an even higher level of customer experience.

In addition, by supporting more efficient agriculture, the acquisition contributes to DSM’s commitment to allow double-digit reduction in livestock emissions on the farm by 2030 as part of the 2021 food system commitments, it said.

The deal, which remains subject to normal conditions, is expected to close in 2022.

This Brazilian deal follows last week’s announcement of the merger of DSM with Firmenich. With regard to animal nutrition and health, DSM said the combined businesses will continue to focus on specialized scientific and technological solutions to the ever-increasing demand for protein, while easing the pressure on the planet’s limited natural resources.

Precision farming is growing rapidly, driven by growing demand for sustainability, efficiency, traceability and animal welfare in food systems that are under pressure to provide the world’s growing population with animal protein, DSM said.

Existing solutions from the Dutch precision nutrition company for animal nutrition and health include Verax, an integrated animal management system that uses data to provide a better understanding of animal health, productivity and welfare, and SustellAn intelligent sustainability service designed to improve the environmental sustainability of animal protein production.

David Nickel, Vice President, Sustainability and Business Solutions, Nutrition and Animal Health DSM, spoke to FeedNavigator about the trend of life cycle analysis (LCA) in agriculture and how Sustell relates to that at VIV Europe 2022 in Utrecht last week.

Watch the interview in the video above.

“It’s all about the user experience. We undertake a complex process and make it more intuitive. Sustell provides a complete footprint on the environment, including 19 different environmental variables. It takes a holistic view, allowing the company to compare and contrast between farms and execute what-if scenarios. It is very fast in terms of feedback and has a technical interface and a business interface. ”

A company with 2,000 farms, for example, could use Sustell to see how each of its farms ranked, Nicole continued, giving it full ownership of its footprint, knowing which farms performed better than others in terms of environment. “You can apply best practices from high-performance farms to other farms. You can set metrics. This allows you to really question your business. “

Some players in the dairy arena are well advanced in their use of sustainability indicators, as the sector has focused a lot on this, but large broiler companies, which are also under close scrutiny, have been working in this area since for a while, Nickel said. “People are beginning to realize that it takes a lot of investment, experience and understanding to do it right. “

The industry must first measure to see what needs to change, and retailers are influencing the rest of the supply chain in terms of tracking the footprint on the environment, he added.

A significant number of retailers have joined the science-based targets and set their targets of scope 3, so they need to reduce them annually, and 90% of the retailers’ carbon emissions are upstream, on the farm, and the food is huge part of that. “About 50% to 80% of this footprint on the farm is related to nutrition. A good amount of this is the raw material that goes into the feed. “

While monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in livestock is important for fulfilling the collective commitments under the Paris Agreement, there are many other environmental variables that are significant, he said. These include nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, soil quality, water use, land use and impacts on biodiversity.

Investors are also increasingly focusing on the risk and return of livestock, and insurance companies are now looking at climate risk in their books: “It all comes down to measurement. “added the leading DSM for sustainability.

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