2021 Innovations in Animal Science Using Seaweed

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by Tasco® on January 13, 2022 in News

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Consumers expect more and more from their animal feed. Whether raising healthy and productive livestock for market or boosting the wellbeing and happiness of their pets, people want to know they are purchasing high-quality feed ingredients.

Though there’s a good deal of art that goes into mixing up the right feed product recipes, there’s an increasing amount of science that goes into cultivating highly nutritious and reliable feed and supplements. Here are some of the innovations in animal science and seaweed research that we’ve written about over the past year.

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Every glass of milk or juicy steak comes with a whopping amount of greenhouse gases. Cows produce methane as part of their normal digestion, creating extensive emissions from the one-billion strong global herd. Can adding seaweed to the diet of dairy cows and beef cattle help to reduce methane emissions? Here’s what the latest research has to say.

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COVID-19 has been a concern for people worldwide, but what about our feline friends? Some studies from the CDC show that cats may be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We explore what you need to know about coronavirus in cats and which treatments and supplements may strengthen their immune system.

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When pet parents find nutritious products that their animals love, they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep buying their beloved brand. That’s why it’s important for formulators to use pet food ingredients that won’t disappear any time soon. Here’s why more pet food companies need to think about the sustainability of their brands – and why we make it one of our main priorities.

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How do fatty acids fit into your flock’s diet? Farmers who give their birds enough omega-3s help to elevate the quality of their birds and eggs in the eyes of consumers. As well as improving the overall health and nutrition of chickens and eggs, here is how seaweed like Ascophyllum nodosum may enhance the marketability of your foodstuffs.

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Today’s consumers have very strong opinions about genetically modified organisms, though humans have been modifying organisms for thousands of years (think selective breeding). However, it’s important to investigate information from reliable and science-driven sources before you decide about whether to feed your production animals GMO feed ingredients. Our blog explores the issue using current research.

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When feeding horses of all ages, grass or hay only go so far. The right blend of macro and micronutrients are essential to keeping horses vital, strong and resilient. Though some equestrian enthusiasts are uncertain about adding supplements to their feed, there are others who swear by it. Here is what you need to consider for your feed and why the right amount of seaweed may enhance their performance.

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Old-school shepherds and their flocks were limited in nutrition by the quality of local silage and land. These days, small-scale shepherds and commercial operations only need turn to their trusted feed suppliers for nutritious feed supplements to satisfy all their animals’ requirements. But is there more that feed regimens can do? In this blog, we look at the way feeding sheep seaweed can improve their GI health and increase wool production.

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Calves depend on the four quarts of nutrient-rich colostrum they receive from their mothers to supply them with the nourishment and antibodies they need to thrive. After that, the quality of the milk and any supplemental nutrients they receive over the first two weeks further fortify their overall health and immunity. Research suggests that consuming Ascophyllum nodosum has a positive impact for both calves and lactating cows.

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Goats, like most mammals, benefit from a healthy amount of roughage in their diets. Can adding seaweed to your goats’ feed regimen provide them with that essential fiber and a variety of other nutrients that can enhance their health and wellbeing? Here are the benefits researchers say your goats may get from eating kelp meal.

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More and more farmers are worried about how climate change will impact and their operations, with 60% ready to take steps now to prevent the worst outcomes. One big action that producers of all sizes can take to offset the impact of a warming planet is to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. In our blog, we explore three strategies that can reduce methane emissions without hurting profitability.

Learn about eco-friendly farming strategies


Looking to stay current with innovations in animal science? Follow our blog for all the latest news about seaweed as a feed ingredient.



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