DSM acquires Brazilian animal nutrition technology company

Based in Belo-Horizonte, Prodap combines nutrition, advisory and technology services to optimize ruminant farming operations, DSM said.

“Through its portfolio of digital solutions, it collects data and develops insights in real time, which is then translated into tailored nutritional solutions for clients, with remote or in-person support provided by its experienced consultants. Prodap has operations in the states of Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais and employs 330 employees, serving over 5,000 farms across Brazil with impressive loyalty rates.

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

Additionally, by supporting more efficient agriculture, the acquisition contributes to DSM’s commitment to deliver a double-digit reduction in on-farm livestock emissions by 2030 as part of its food system commitments to 2021, he said.

The transaction, which remains subject to customary conditions, is expected to close in 2022.

The Brazilian deal follows the announcement last week of DSM’s merger with Firmenich. On the animal nutrition and health side, DSM said the combined companies will continue to focus on specialized science and technology-driven solutions to meet the ever-increasing demand for protein while easing pressure on resources. planet’s limited natural resources.

Precision agriculture is growing rapidly, driven by growing demands for sustainability, efficiency, traceability and animal welfare in food systems under pressure to supply the growing world population with animal protein, DSM said.

The Dutch company’s existing precision nutrition solutions for animal nutrition and health include Verax, an integrated animal management system that leverages data to provide a better understanding of animal health, productivity and welfare. animals, and Sustell​​, a smart sustainability service designed to improve the environmental sustainability of animal protein production.

David Nickell, Vice President, Sustainability and Business Solutions, DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, spoke to FeedNavigator about the trend of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in agriculture and how Sustell relates to it at VIV Europe 2022 in Utrecht last week.

Watch the interview in the video above.

“It’s all about the user experience. We take a complex process and make it more intuitive. Sustell provides the complete environmental footprint, it includes 19 different environmental variables. It brings a holistic view, allowing a business to compare and contrast between farms, and run “what if” scenarios. It’s very fast in terms of feedback, and there’s a technical interface and a business interface.

A company with 2,000 farms, for example, can use Sustell to see how each of its farms ranks, Nickell continued, giving it full ownership of its footprint, knowing which farms perform better than others, in terms of metrics. environmental. “You can apply best practices from the most successful server farms to other server farms. You can set markers. This allows you to really query your business.

Some players in the dairy industry are well advanced in terms of using sustainability measures, as the industry has focused a lot there, but large broiler companies, which are also heavily scrutinized, are working in this area since a while. , said Nickell. “People are starting to realize that to do it right requires significant investment, expertise and understanding.

Industry needs to measure first to understand what needs to change, and retailers are influencing the rest of the supply chain in terms of environmental footprint tracking, he added.

A significant number of retailers have signed science-based targets and set their Scope 3 targets, so they need to reduce year over year, and 90% of a retailer’s carbon emissions are upstream, on the farm , with nutrition a big part of that. “About 50-80% of this footprint on the farm is nutrition related. A good part of this corresponds to the raw materials entering the diet.

While monitoring and reducing GHG emissions in animal production is important to meet collective commitments under the Paris Agreement, there are many other environmental variables that are of considerable importance, he said. . These include nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, soil quality, water resource use, land use and biodiversity impacts.

Investors are also increasingly focusing on the risk and return of animal production and insurance companies are now looking at climate-related risk on their books: “It all comes down to measurement,”​ added DSM’s head of sustainability.