Sustainable feed source helps dairy sector adapt to consumer environmental demands

UFAC-UK has said that consumer pressure is dictating how livestock farmers, particularly in the dairy sector, are managing diets, and overall feed management systems, to meet growing environmental concerns.

The company said that demands from processors and supermarkets to reduce carbon footprints and develop sustainable practices, and alignment to the NFU’s NetZero goal by 2040, is adding further pressures on farmers to find innovative alternatives for dairy herds whilst maintaining productivity.

Nigel Bateson, UFAC-UK’s national sales manager, said that ensuring adequate energy intakes and supplying the essential fatty acids that cows need remains the foundation of any efficient milk production unit.

Essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, play a huge role in supporting the immune system and fertility during the transition and early lactation period.

He said that with concerns over the environmental impact of sourcing Omega-3 fatty acids through fish oils, a sustainable approach should be adopted.

Mr Bateson said: “Long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA help to increase progesterone, the pregnancy maintenance hormone, as well as giving the immune system a boost.

“The long-chain Omega-3s contained in Dynalac are sustainably sourced from marine oil. 100% of the raw material intake of this marine oil is sourced as a by-product from the human food industry, thus utilising the nutrient potentials and contributing to the circular economy.”

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