A new source of long-chain fatty acids is helping to fill the Omega 3 supply gap according to UFAC-UK.
Developed from native algae rather than fish oils, algi40 is reported to be a traceable, sustainable alternative to fish oils, says national sales manager David Turnbull.
With high levels (40%) of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), in that order, algi40 Omega 3 is designed to enhance the dietary intake of these essential fatty acids in livestock.
“EPA, DPA and DHA are essential fatty acids we must get from our diet as our body cannot make them on its own. These fatty acids bring many benefits, including reducing risk of heart disease and improving overall cardiovascular health.
“They also raise good cholesterol and improve cognitive health, and we are keen to develop ways of passing these benefits through the food chain to the consumer,” added David.
Omega 3s in layer poultry diets not only bring significant health and reproductive advantages to the hens, but crucially, this translates directly from the hens to their eggs, bringing benefits to the consumer. algi40 is more than 50% efficient in transferring DHA and DPA from feed to eggs, according to the company.
In dairy cow diets, the new supplement also increases uptake of the three health-promoting omega 3 fatty acids into milk, while reducing saturated fat. It also enhances the cow’s embryo and off-spring survival, and helps reduce calving intervals.
Improving fertility and enhancing the immune status of all livestock species, algi40 has also been shown to increase litter size and piglet vitality in pigs. It also enriches pork and meat with the omega 3 fatty acids.
David explained, “algi40 is a free-flowing meal containing algae oil from native Schizochytrium species. Processed on a carrier base of natural silica minerals and established with mixed natural tocopherols, it is a highly digestible oil with a consistent nutrient profile, and is easy to incorporate in feeds.
“Working with progressive suppliers and innovative producers and farmers, we are able to transfer these nutritional benefits through to the end consumer,” he concluded.