A new, microalgae-derived, omega-3 fatty acid supplement, for producers to incorporate into the diet of laying hens, has been launched by Anpario, the independent manufacturer and distributor of feed additives for livestock.
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)” said 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,” Corbett said. “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.”