Optivite improves omega-3 fatty acid supplement
Optivite, a British animal nutrition company, has developed a new carrier system for its Optomega-50 omega-3 fatty acid supplement. The result is a free flowing product which can be more easily incorporated into all feeds including concentrates and mineral supplements.
“This new formulation follows significant investment in a new production line at our Manton Wood site,” explained the company’s director of nutrition Richard Remmer. “The source of the omega-3 fatty acids is salmon oil which is one of the richest sources of the most biologically active omega-3’s EPA and DHA.”
Modern diets are typically deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids. The reduction and/ or removal of fishmeal has also further exacerbated this situation.
“There are many benefits for including omega-3 fatty acids back into the feeds for all species,” said Remmer. “Studies carried out by Optivite, and other papers published in the scientific press, continually show the advantages of omega-3 improving performance in many species.”
Omega-3 fatty acids play a key role in hormone synthesis and, because of this, are able to influence many of the key metabolic functions within the body. Studies show improved immune response and reduced inflammation particularly in young animals and birds which is vital in ensuring good early life performance. They also show the continued benefits of omega-3 fatty acids throughout the production cycle.
Studies in pigs
Studies in pigs show improved brain development in piglets resulting in increased vitality and survival pre-weaning. Stronger healthier pigs at weaning will help to reduce the number of days to slaughter and also improve unit throughput.
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