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Algae-based supplement gives Omega-3 boost to laying hens

Anpario has launched Optomega Algae, a sustainable feed supplement that provides a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids for egg layers.

11 October 2021, at 10:14am

Optomega Algae, which sits within Anpario’s Optomega product range, is a dry, free-flowing powder composed of algae oil, formulated on a unique carrier system and packaged in foil-lined bags for optimum shelf-life and product freshness.

“A specific species of microalgae is used to produce Optomega Algae. Through fermentation processes, the microalgae provide a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)” says Laura Corbett, monogastric product technical manager at Anpario. “

The microalgae production process is highly sustainable and utilises renewable sugarcane production, with waste cane stocks being used as an energy source to power the production facility.

“DHA is an essential fatty acid and plays a vital role in laying hen health and development”, adds Laura Corbett. “Higher levels of essential fatty acids in the diet help to maintain feather quality, which is important in supporting thermoregulation. It also provides a highly digestible energy source, helping to support energy balance for laying performance, whilst also helping contribute towards the production of omega-3 enriched eggs.”

The algae oil used in Optomega Algae is blended onto specially selected carriers to ensure a free-flowing, easy to use, consistent product with over 35% of total fatty acids coming from the biologically important omega-3 fatty acid DHA.

Click here for more information on Anpario and how the Optomega range can benefit your flock.