New dietary supplements for dairy products can increase the omega-3 levels in milk


Optomega Algae, part of the Optomega product range from Anpario, is a dry, free-flowing powder made from algae oil, which is formulated on a carrier system and packaged in foil-coated bags for optimal shelf life and product freshness.

“A certain type of microalgae is used in the production of Optomega algae. Through fermentation processes, the microalgae provide a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is well documented that DHA supports fertility in the dairy herd and can also help increase omega-3 levels in milk, ”said David Wilde, global innovation manager and ruminant expert at Anpario.

“Our range offers a selection of essential nutritional supplements with omega-3 fatty acids, all of which come from sustainable sources.”

The microalgae production process is sustainable and uses renewable sugar cane production, using waste as an energy source to run the production facility.

The role of long-chain omega-3s has been studied extensively over the past 20 years and the essential fatty acid DHA has been shown to suppress the production of PGF2α, a hormone that terminates early pregnancy.

“Ensuring optimal fertility is critical to the success of any dairy business. Pregnancy rates below 15% are all too common, while a goal of 20-25% should be achievable, ”said Wilde.

“Cows that do not get pregnant in time are one of the main reasons for involuntary culling in dairy herds worldwide and this is associated with considerable costs due to the replacement of animals and milk losses.

“In addition to supporting the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy, the inclusion of Optomega in the diet of a dairy cow also offers a highly digestible source of energy that can help maintain an optimal energy balance and support lactation.”


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