Advancing swine diets with reliable and sustainable omega-3s from algae fermentation

The power of omega-3s 

Long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients. They are synthesized by humans and most animal species at low levels and play a crucial role in human health, helping to maintain heart, brain, and eye health.¹ They may also help lower the risk of heart disease.²

1 Cleveland Clinic, Omega 3 Fatty Acids
2 FDA qualified health claim

 

As in humans, Long-chain omega-3s are essential for animal nutrition. The importance of DHA omega-3 in Swine nutrition is receiving increasing attention. Numerous studies support specific benefits for Swine in fertility and youthful growth.

 

AlgaPrime™ DHA 

In nature, marine microalgae are at the base of the food chain and the original source of omega-3 fatty acids that later accumulate in these fish. To meet the production challenges and growing demand of Omega-3s, microalgae fermentation plays a strategic role as we access its naturally original source.

We're pioneering a new way to create Omega-3s that are sustainable, affordable, and at scale.

Our proprietary fermentation process transforms microalgae into high-quality and health-promoting Omega-3 products, taking the “middle fish out”. 

 AlgaPrime™ DHA is a high-quality, vegetarian source of Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which is a key building block for Poultry. With AlgaPrime™ DHA we help maintain or raise the Omega-3s level for healthy diets, reducing the dependency on fish oil in feed, while preserving the environment.

 

Animal health

  • Reproductive Health - Omega-3 fatty acid intake has been shown to improve fertility and reproductive performance,  both in gilts and sows, increasing embryo survival and supporting a healthy return to estrus. The long-term nourishment of sows with DHA has decreased stillborns and increased the number of piglets born alive.³
  • Youthful growth nutrition –  Positive effects of DHA on piglets, including better growth rates, seem effective with a long-term, low-level treatment of a DHA-rich feed.³

 

Reducing complexity 

  • Affordable – We continue to develop new strains with higher omega-3 content and increase production efficiency in our commitment to deliver innovation that works for large-scale businesses in Swine.
  • At Scale – In our efforts to help farmers meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, we designed our production sites with ample capacity to facilitate rapid growth for the next decade, with programs for de-bottlenecking and process optimization to improve output.
  • Reliable - AlgaPrime™ DHA provides supply chain resilience, reducing complexity with on-demand production without the constraints of geography, seasonality, and changing climate conditions.
  • Consistent - Produced via fermentation, AlgaPrime™ DHA provides a standardized, high-quality, and abundant source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Enabling sustainable growth 

  • Sustainable - AlgaPrime™ DHA is sustainably produced using renewable energy and cane sugar as a feedstock. This results in low carbon, water, and land use impact.
  • Clean - AlgaPrime™ DHA microalgae are grown in closed fermentation tanks and do not contain the persistent organic pollutants that naturally accumulate in fish oil.

 

³ Smits et al. (2012) Embryo survival but not first-parity litter size, is increased when gilts are fed diets supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. Animal Production Science 53 (1), 57-66 / Rosero et al. (2016) Optimizing dietary lipid use to improve essential fatty acid status and reproductive performance of the modern lactating sow: a review. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 7:34, 1-1 / Rosero et al. (2016) Optimizing dietary lipid use to improve essential fatty acid status and reproductive performance of the modern lactating sow: a review. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 7:34, 1-18 34. Smits R. (2011a) /The functional role and requirements for long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in breeding gilts and sows. PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide, Australia, 197 p. 35. Smits et al. (2011b) /Sow litter size is increased in the subsequent parity when lactating sows are fed diets containing n-3 fatty acids from fish oil. J. Anim. Sci. 89, 2731–2738 36. Gabler et al. (2007) /In utero and postnatal exposure to long chain (n-3) PUFA enhances intestinal glucose absorption and energy stores in weanling pigs. J. Nutr. 137, 2351–2358

 

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