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Initiatives aim to boost Omega 3 levels

by 5m Editor
10 August 2006, at 10:56am

In Wales, nine sheep farmers are involved in a Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) project evaluating a series of rations to see which is best at boosting Omega 3 levels.

The farmers hope to develop a niche market for lamb with boosted Omega 3. Pig genetics company JSR has already succeeded in developing a feed high in Omega 3 for pigs.

When fed to fattening pigs, it led to a near quadrupling of Omega 3 levels in pork cuts. The level of Omega 3 rose from an average 13mg/100g to 50mg/100g.

But JSR is struggling to persuade retailers to pay the added cost of feeding the ration, said Grant Walling, JSR's research director.

Source: FWi

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