Optomega Algae, part of Anpario’s Optomega product range, is a dry, free-flowing powder made from algae oil.
The product was developed for use with all animal species and is aimed at breeding animals and producers who supply fortified meat, milk and eggs with a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids.
The company said a specific species of microalgae is used to make Optomega algae and that the microalgae provide a rich source of long-chain omega-3s, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), through fermentation processes.
The microalgae production process is very sustainable and uses renewable sugar cane production, with residual cane stocks being used as an energy source to run the production facility, she added.
When asked for more details on where the microalgae were made, David Wilde, Global Innovation Manager at Anpario, only said: “A specially selected supplier was chosen because of its expertise and strong ESG references.”
The product is available year-round and is aimed at producers worldwide, subject to local regulations, he said.
In terms of application, Optomega Algae can be added to the feed formulations in the feed mill or the product can also be incorporated directly into the ration on the farm, explains Wilde
Regarding cost efficiency, the representative said:
“Where manufacturers or producers are looking for a supply of sustainable DHA, Optomega Algae offers a cost-effective solution. The DHA content in the algae oil is analyzed to ensure a consistent, high quality product every time, with 37% of the total fatty acids in the product coming from this essential omega-3.
“Optomega Algae is formulated using a specially selected carrier to create a dry, free-flowing powder that ensures consistent and even distribution in feed and animals. In addition, Optomega Algae is supplied in custom-made packaging to ensure shelf life and quality and efficiency to ensure the customer gets the most out of every single bag. “
Regarding the claimed benefits of the product, Wilde noted that there are many peer-reviewed publications showing that the use of DHA from algae sources supports the fertility of farm animals and the levels of this omega-3 fatty acid in meat, milk and can increase eggs.