BENEFITS OF FISHMEAL
- Fishmeal improves the health and welfare ensuring high quality livestock especially in young and breeding animals.
- The same is true for farmed fish and crustaceans, particularly carnivorous species such as salmonids and shrimp.
- Fishmeal is a natural ingredient of high nutritional value, and its use in livestock fees can offer cost-effective production, optimising health or meat quality in the final product.
- Fishmeal provides a concentrated source of high quality protein and fat (8 – 10%), rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.
- These deposit in the meat, eggs etc. of animals when they are used as supplements in their feeds.
- The animals are healthier and in turn produce better quality, leaner meat.
- Its high nutrient concentration gives it a special advantage as a supplement in high nutrient dense diets for poultry and for early weaned pigs.
- Feeding fishmeal has shown to have the following advantages for animal health, welfare and productivity:
- Improved immunity
- Greater disease resistance
- Reduced impact of disease if contracted
- Reduced mortality in younger animals, particularly lambs and piglets
- Reduce severity of inflammatory diseases (EPA and DHA are anti-inflammatory)
- Provide a wide range of essential nutrients, many of which are not provided adequately from vegetable materials, thus improving the animal’s nutritional status
- Improved productivity through better growth and feed conversion, thereby reducing the cost of animal production (although feed cost in some cases may increase slightly, this is the offset by the reduced unit cost of producing the animal)
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