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Dairy Cattle Perform Well On Algae Diet (Study) 2

Commercial micro-crop technology provider PetroAlgae recently announced the completion of a major third party study showing that micro-crop meal performs as well as alfalfa in dairy cattle diets.

algae as new feed for dairy cattleThe micro-crop technology employs indigenous, aquatic micro-organisms suitable to local climates and is designed to enable its technology licensees to produce a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels, a high-value protein co-product, and a new micro-crop meal for animal feed (which was the subject of the study), while absorbing carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions. 

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The study encompassed a continuous 6-week feeding trial of a statistically significant sample of 36 dairy cows in the barns at the University of Minnesota.  

 “The results of this study show that PetroAlgae micro-crop meal is a desirable ingredient for high producing dairy cattle and that it performed comparably to high-protein alfalfa meal,” said Dr. Noah Litherland, who performed the study at the University of Minnesota.  “We are encouraged to see this product perform so well against one of the more universally understood products in dairy nutrition

The University of Minnesota study is the first to validate PetroAlgae micro-crop meal in the dairy diet against the industry standard, and its findings about PetroAlgae micro-crop meal and alfalfa should apply anywhere this market exists.  Furthermore, the local deployment advantages of PetroAlgae’s technology and the continuous nature of its production process, create supply chain advantages for the faster-growing dairy markets in Asia and the Middle East, all of which have a growing dependence on imports.  Micro-crop farms utilizing PetroAlgae’s technology grow new sources of protein, feed, and fuel feedstocks locally that are not genetically modified and are resistant to local diseases. 

“We are very excited with the findings of Dr. Litherland and his team at the University of Minnesota, said Anthony Tiarks, CEO of PetroAlgae.  “Confirming our product value against such a large and well-understood feed market is a key step in accelerating our commercialization and opens the door for bringing PetroAlgae micro-crop meal to other species and feed applications.  We believe the need for imports and destination market risks in the supply chain can be greatly reduced by utilizing our technology.  It can also provide a longer-term supply solution to the decline of forage acres around the world, as competing crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton displaces forage.” 

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Thu August 18 2011 11:58:45 PM by Octaform algae  |  agriculture 1867 views
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