Optomega Plus - A high quality, concentrated EPA and DHA dairy supplement produced from sustainable fish oils.

What is Optomega Plus?

Optomega Plus is a powdered supplement that is totally natural, rich in essential oils EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid).

Feeding these essential oils from the point of ovulation and throughout her conception helps to ensure a successful pregnancy. Optomega Plus is a rich source of EPA and DHA which are the two essential fatty acids that can only be supplied by nutrition. These two essential fatty acids have been shown to regulate and suppress the PGF2𝒶 hormone (Prostaglandin F2). This has direct implication in improving the conception rate.

EPA and DHA lower inflammation of membrane tissues throughout the cow's body. All benefits are derived from this prime function.

Optomega Plus is beneficial to your milk's omega 6:3 ratio, meaning that the quality of your milk will improve. Having a higher proportion of omega 3 in your milk implies that the milk is healthier for human consumption.

Optomega Plus is supplied in foil-lined bags to ensure freshness and we use specially selected carriers so that Optomega Plus remain free-flowing and easy to use.

 
EPA & DHA

EPA & DHA

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) help to increase fertility rates by suppressing the pregnancy terminating hormone PGF2𝒶.

Omega 6:3 Ratio

Omega 6:3 Ratio

Feeding Optomega Plus reduces the Omega 6:3 ratio, effectively increasing the proportion of Omega 3 fatty acids in the milk!

Packed in a foil-lined bag

Packaged For Freshness

Optomega Plus is packaged and transported in quality foil-lined bags for maximum freshness and prolonged shelf-life.

Easy to use, free-flowing powder

Easy To Use

Optomega Plus is provided in a powdered form and specially selected carrier materials ensure it remains free-flowing.

The Key Benefits of Using
Optomega Plus

Optomega Plus is an important product that will aid with animal fertility, health, milk yield and quality:

  • EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) improve fertility rates
  • EPA and DHA Essential Fatty Acids suppress the pregnancy-terminating hormone PGF2𝒶
  • Reduction of Omega 6:3 ratios leading to better milk quality
  • Better mammary tissue development and reduced inflammation in the udder, leading to higher milk yields
  • Lowers levels of udder infection
  • Improved fertility
  • Improved colostrum quality
Optomega Plus bag

Reproduction Challenges

Ensuring optimum fertility is vital to the success of any dairy enterprise. Pregnancy rates of under 20% are all too common, whereas a target of 30-35% should be achievable. Cows that do not fall pregnant in a timely manner are one of the biggest reasons for involuntary culling in dairy herds, globally.

This is associated with significant costs in replacing these animals as well as reproductive costs and milk lost.

A recent study (Wittbank, 2016) demonstrated that whilst around 80% of services result in successful fertilisation of the egg, by day 28 post-insemination only 50% of cows are actually pregnant. This is reduced to 38% by day 42, demonstrating early embryonic mortality due to the failure of the materal recognition of pregnancy.

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids & Fertility

The role of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids has been well researched in the last 20 years.

The essential fatty acids - EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) have been shown to suppress the production of PGF2𝒶, a hormone that terminates the pregnancy in the early stages.

EPA & DHA are more effective at suppressing PGF2𝒶 production than other omega 3 sources, such as 𝒶-linolenic acide (ALA) from linseed oil (see chart).

 
 

Enhanced Mammary Development in Dairy Cows

When Optomega Plus is introduced into a cow's ration, an improvement in membrane health occurs right through the whole body. The major benefit of using the product is increased fertility, however is is looking more and more probable that the effect on mammary tissue development is highly positive and will lead to increased milk production.

A trial was carried out at the University of Tehran, Iran, to assess the efficacy of Optomega, a source of EPA and DHA, on dairy cow mammary gland development and milk production. 10 multiparous Holstein dairy cows were randomly allocated to one of the two treatments (palm oil or fish oil supplied as Optomega) beginning 42 days prior to expected calving date, until 63 days in milk. Milk fatty acids content was determined on days 7 and 63 of lactation as well as samples of mammary tissue taken by a biopsy gun. Milk yield was measured each day and milk quality was considered weekly.

Tissue close-up images: Mammary tissue of dairy cows fed Optomega (Top) or Palm oil (Bottom)
(From: Barfourooshi et al., 2018, Ann. Anim. Sci 18 (4):973)

Mammary tissue close up with Optomega Plus ration
Mammary tissue close up with Palm Oil ration

Study Results

Including Optomega Plus in dairy rations in the place of palm oil:

  • Significantly increased milk yield from 6 weeks of lactation
  • Elevated unsaturated fat and DHA content in the milk whilst reduced the n6:n3 ratio, providing consumer benefits.
  • Significantly increased the proportion of epithelial cells in the mammary tissue whilst lowering stromal number, which may help to improve milk production capacity in Optomega Plus fed cows.
  • Increased total alveoli number with improved consistency of size, suggesting a greater capacity to secrete milk.

Therefore, including Optomega Plus in the diet of dairy cows both pre and post-calving can help increase milk yield Trials are showing highly significant improvements in pregnancy rates.

The Key Features of Optomega Plus

  • 50% oil-based product sourced from high-quality sustainable marine fish oils
  • Omega 3 rich supplement improves animal health, time into milk and milk yields
  • The most concentrated form of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
  • Easy to use free-flowing powdered form
  • Distributed in foil-lined bags for maximum freshness

Why Do You Need Optomega Plus?

You need Optomega Plus because of it's many benefits. The introduction of EPA and DHA fatty acids lower inflammation of membrane tissues throughout the cow's body. In turn it suppresses the production of the pregnancy-terminating hormone PGF2𝒶 which leads to increased fertility rates. Lower inflammation of the udder tissue leads to increased milk yields and lower infection rates. Higher proportions of Omega 3 also leads to increased milk quality, and increased colostrum quality, which in turn leads to to healthier calves.

Sincere cow

Suggested Feeding Program for Transition & Fresh Calved Cows

The close-up period is critical in determining the success of both calving and the coming lactation.

The mian priorities of nutrition are to avoid the symptoms of Ketosis, clinical and sub-clinical milk fever, and to encourage a good immune response post-calving. Post calving diets should be well balanced and palatable.

The key tasks are as follows:

  • Maintain a physically large rumen by feeding a palatable bulky & dense ration!
  • Keep a stable microbe population, feeding some of the high-yield group TMR both pre and post-calving.
  • Where the forage (silage/grass) is high in potassium you will need to restrict the amount fed to 3 or 4 KG of dry matter per cow per day (around 10-12 KG fresh-weight), pre-calving.
  • Feeding Optomega Plus has been shown to significantly improve conception rates.
  • Feed around 300ml of F1 Elevator to bridge the energy gap.
  • Feeding F1 Yeast helps with microbe population efficiency and transition from the dry cow diet to the production diet.
Dry cows

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