Omega Flush, is designed to optimise the results obtained by cattle breeders from embryo transfer programmes.
“Research has shown that Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids both maximise the quality and quantity of eggs produced by the donor animal while also helping the subsequently produced embryos to implant more effectively in the womb of the recipient,” confirmed Paul Elwood from HVS Animal Health.
“We are, therefore, recommending that it should be offered to the donor animal at a rate of 100 mls per day during the six week period prior to flushing and to the recipient at a similar rate for two weeks pre and six weeks post implantation.”
He added: “We have trialled Omega Flush extensively all over the UK and Ireland, and the results achieved have been extremely encouraging.”
“I have been using Omega Flush in Scotland and Northern Ireland for a number of years,” says Mr Tom Kilpatrick, Embryo Transfer Vet. He added: “When given to donor cows, I have seen a greater number of Grade 1 embryos and a reduction in the number of Lower Grade embryos.
“Pregnancy rates have been improved when Omega Flush has been included in the recipient’s ration pre and post implantation. Maximising fertility is at the very heart of the challenges which face the dairy and beef breeding sectors throughout the British Isles.”
He continued: “All animals require a balance of essential fatty acids, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 to function at optimal level. They cannot produce these fats in their body and they must therefore be made available as an integral part of their diet.”
The body of research identifying the key role played by essential fatty acids in meeting the needs of breeding livestock, is impressive. The inclusion of Omega-3 fatty acidscan assist cows cycling sooner and more consistently.
Paul Elwood added: “Embryo transfer is being used increasingly by local dairy and beef breeders to improve the genetic potential of their herds. However, it remains an inherently expensive technique. Offering Omega Flush to both donor and recipient will help to significantly boost the results obtained.
It is a very small price to pay when one considers the value of the end product.”