The Cooperative Arborea Of Productiong Partners, Join Venture In The Sinergical Efforts To Innovate In The Cattle Breeding Via Microalgae inputs
Oristano, 15 July 2019 – A new research project to assess the effects of Spirulina in feeding cattle. This is the goal of the collaboration between Tolo Green, the most important European producers of Spirulina, and Cooperative Produttori Arborea, leader in Sardinia for the production of beef. Spirulina will be used as a functional supplement for the feeding of neonatal calves, with the aim both of improving the health and growth of the animal, and of providing the consumer with a product with better nutritional characteristics. An innovation for the livestock sector that would also guarantee sustainable and economically advantageous processes, through the use of green and carbon-negative raw materials. The intuition – if confirmed by the research programs launched also thanks to the scientific support of the Department of Zootechnical Sciences of the University of Sassari – would have an important impact on the sustainability of cattle farms and would pave the way for subsequent experimental steps that could involve animals in other critical phases of the production cycle (pre and post partum), up to the use on cattle in full lactation. Microalgae represent, by virtue of their chemical composition, an economically and ecologically sustainable alternative to both animal proteins and vegetable origin to be used in the field of animal feed, in particular for cattle breeding. The presence of numerous biologically active substances, in fact, gives them an almost unlimited potential in terms of replacement and / or integration to the traditional feeding of animals. The research project, in particular, will analyze the contribution of the giving of Spirulina in the feeding of neonatal calves for the development of the rumen, which, taking place more rapidly, would amplify the efficiency of the entire digestive system. A better supply of nutrients would therefore be favoured even in this delicate phase of life of the bovine in which, often, one risks practicing weaning prematurely, with consequent weakening of the calves, more subject to the risk of pathologies.