Anpario launches microalgae-derived, omega-3 fatty acid supplement

By Jane Byrne

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UK headquartered feed additive producer, Anpario, has launched a new, microalgae-derived, omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

Optomega Algae, which sits within Anpario’s Optomega product range, is a dry, free-flowing powder composed of algae oil.

The product has been developed for use in all species, targeted at breeding animals and producers supplying enriched meat, milk and eggs containing higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

The company said a specific species of microalgae is used to produce Optomega Algae, and that through fermentation processes, the microalgae provide a rich source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

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

When pressed for more details on where the microalgae is produced, David Wilde, global innovation manager at Anpario, would only tell us: “A specially selected supplier has been chosen due to its expertise and strong ESG credentials.”

The product is available all year round and is targeted at producers globally, subject to local regulations, he said. 

Feed application 

In terms of application, Optomega Algae can be added to feed formulations at the feed mill or the product can also be directly incorporated into rations on farm, explained Wilde

As regards its cost effectiveness, the representative said: 

“Where manufacturers or producers are looking for a supply of sustainable DHA, Optomega Algae offers a cost-effective solution. The levels of DHA within the algal oil are analysed to ensure a consistent, high-quality product each and every time, with 37% of total fatty acids within the product coming from this essential omega-3.

"Optomega Algae is formulated using a specially selected carrier to produce a dry, free-flowing powder, thus ensuring consistent and even dispersion in the feed and to the animal. In addition, Optomega Algae is provided in bespoke packaging to maintain shelf life, quality and efficacy to ensure the customer gets the most from each and every bag."

In terms of the claimed benefits for the product, Wilde noted that there are many peer-reviewed papers that show the use of DHA from algae sources can support fertility in livestock and enhance the levels of this omega-3 fatty acid in meat, milk and eggs.

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