Flax Oil

Flaxseed is the richest known food source of omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to its many other benefits. Flax provides essential nutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber as well as a rich source of lignans. Lignans are phytoestrogens, compounds found in plants thought to protect against certain types of cancer by interfering with the effects of estrogen.

A standard ingredient in Bio-Ag Mineral Premixes is flax oil. In addition to controlling dust in the premixes, flax is beneficial for improved reproduction, increased milk production and increased butterfat. The elevated maintenance and gain energy values for flax relate to excellent gain in beef cattle. Whereas other oils will add fat to the body, flax oil converts food to more usable nutrients. An excellent source of energy, flax oil and pellets can be easily added to the TMR or topdressed to raise energy levels when feedstuffs fall short of necessary energy requirements.

A recent study in Manitoba has revealed that when flax was fed to sows, they experienced less weight loss and maintained more backfat during lactation than sows fed regular rations. They also took less time to come into heat after farrowing. Improved weanling weights were also realized from feeding flax to the sows.

Bio-Ag "organic" flax seed has been cold pressed, preserving valuable enzymes. Cold press production will leave more oil in the pellet, increasing its value as well.

Flax Oil (Organic & Conventional) is available in 5 gal, 15 gal and 55 gal drums.

Flax Meal (Organic & Conventional) available in 25 kg bags or bulk totes.

 SUGGESTED FEEDING RATES FOR FLAX

 FLAX OIL

 

 Dairy Cattle Fed if there is an energy shortage in feed stuffs 4 - 8 oz per day top dressed
 Beef

 N/A

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 Swine
Use during pre-farrowing to increase energy
-prevents constipation
 Goats/Sheep Top dress to high producers 1 to 2 oz per day
 Poultry
Used in the production of omega-3 eggs
-included at 1% of ration
 Calves
Beneficial for calves in hutches especially during the winter months for cold protection
-1 tbsp am & pm in milk
 Horses 3 to 4 oz per day

 

TYPICAL ANALYSIS
on a Dry Matter Basis
Crude Protein

 32 to 34%

ADF Fibre

14 to 17 oz

NDF Fibre

35%

Calcium

0.34%

Phosphorus

1.00%

Potassium

1.36%

Magnesium

0.69%

TDN

80%

Net Energy Lactation

1.62 Mcal/kg

Net Energy Gain

1.46 Mcal.kg

Net Energy Maintenance

2.13 Mcal/kg

One of Manitoba's largest independently owned feed mills has started adding flax to its pelletized sow feed rations after word spread of the results of a research program. Swine researcher Sam Baidoo is still putting together his final data statistics on the extensive project.

Baidoo, assistant professor and swine nutritionist at the University of Minnesota. started the project when he worked at the University of Manitoba. He wanted to see if flax would affect the reproduction performance of sows, so be added it to gestation and lactation diets at the university's swine operation, and the 3,000 sow farrow to-weanling operation.

The flax, added at a rate of five percent, or 45 kilograms per sow per year, replaced some of the soybean meal and tallow in the rations. Sows fed flax lost less weight and maintained more backfat during lactation than sows fed regular rations, Baidoo told the Agri-Food 2000 conference in Winnipeg.

Sows that stay in good condition take less time to come into heat again after weaning, he noted.

In fact, days to estrus dropped to 4.8 for sows fed five per cent flax, compared to 7.5-8 days for the control group. The sows that ate flax had higher progesterone levels, which Baidoo said improved survival of embryos in the uterus.

Sows on the commercial farm that were fed the five per cent flax ration delivered 11.5 pigs per litter compared to 10.4 pigs per litter in the control group. The piglets from the sows also weighed I.27 kg on average compared to piglets from the control group of sows which averaged 1.18 kg at birth.

The milk from the sows fed flax have a higher level of unsaturated fatty acids.

"There's no question that adding flax to the feed really changed the composition of the milk," said Baidoo.

At day eight the piglets from flax-fed sows weighed an average of 2.55 kg. compared to 2.4 kg for piglets in the control group. The piglets were also heavier at weaning, averaging 4.6 kg compared to 4.3 kg in the control group.

One customer was unaware flax had been incorporated into the ration until he started noticing better weanling weights and remarked on the change

Meanwhile Baidoo wants to monitor the long-term effect of flax over the life of the sow and research whether flax in piglet rations will help reduce mortality rates. Source: Western Producer