Omega-3s Improve Breeder Birds Performance:
- Improve feed conversion
- Alleviate heat stress
- Strengthen bone health and gut health
- Increase auto-immune function
- Improve reproductive efficiency
The health benefits of Omega-3s have been well documented in humans and are now being applied to livestock nutrition as well. Feeding breeder birds a diet with higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids improves skeletal strength, alters the cell-mediated immune response, and reduces inflammation in pullet progeny.
LinPRO is a unique blend of flaxseed, canola, and pulses processed under O&T Farms’ patented dry-extrusion process. The free-flowing resulting product contains a readily available source of Omega-3, which promotes optimal health and production to meet the requirements of top producing birds.
Key Benefits of LinPRO:
- Improved sensory profile
- shelf-ready (No Grinding Necessary)
- Stable, with a shelf life over 12 months
- Nutritionally supported, with improved fat & protein digestibility
LinPRO is Supported by:
University of Guelph Research
O&T Farms in collaboration with the University of Guelph, initiated a series of research projects focused on Developmental Programming in both broiler and pullet breeding stock, starting in 2017. The purpose of the research was to determine the effects of feeding omega-3 fatty acids to breeder birds on reproductive efficiency, embryonic survival, as well as the epigenetic influence on progeny performance, development and overall health.
“The potential of omega-3 fatty acids in stimulating bone, brain, and immune cells development at embryonic through to early phases of the chick’s life could significantly improve productivity and welfare.”
– Dr. Elijah Kiarie, Assistant Professor in Poultry Nutrition at the University of Guelph
I. Improved Skeletal Development in Pullets
The first stage this research aimed to evaluate the impacts of maternal and post-hatch feeding of omega-3 fatty acids on skeletal development in pullets. To test this, the University of Guelph designed a trial in which LinPRO®, a dry-extruded flaxseed-based omega-3 feed ingredient produced by O&T Farms, was included in either the maternal diet, the post-hatch diet, or both. The results indicate the maternal feeding of linPRO can significantly improve skeletal strength in young pullets by nearly 22% compared to the control.
II. Improved Progeny Breast Meat Yield
The second stage of the Developmental Programming research aims to determine transgenerational impact of feeding linPRO to broiler breeders during either the rearing or laying phase on the 42 day breast yield of progeny fed a control diet.
It’s concluded that feeding breeder stock linPRO increases progeny breast meat yield by 10%.