GreatOPlus Improves Cattle Performance & Health

Kansas State University Beef Cattle Research Center Contributors:  L. Feitoza, R. Thorn, F. Nasiu, A. Baker, L. Monteiro, S. Duarte, S. Herzog, J. Drouillard

Research demonstrates that the Omega-3 enriched diet:

  • Increased carcass weight by 29.2 pounds

  • Decreased death loss and condemnation rate

  • Increased carcass value by $65/animal

Alpha Linolenic Acid, (also known as ALA), is the most abundant form of fat in flaxseed. Nannochloropsis algae, like ocean-dwelling fish, contain EPA as the predominant fatty acid.

Ingredients are blended and then extruded using a patent pending process. Added to cattle finishing diets (10%, dry basis) as a source of omega-3 fatty acids and fed for 175 days.

Temperature differences between the eyeball (similar to core body temp) and tip of the can be used as an indicator of blood flow to peripheral tissues, which is an important mechanism for controlling body temperature during extreme temperatures. Temperature differential was approximately 1 degree less for cattle fed the omega-3 diet, suggesting improved blood flow to peripheral tissues, and greater capacity to regulate body temperature.

Feed intake decreases in response to extreme temperatures, but reductions were less severe for cattle fed the omega-3 enriched diet.