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20 June 2014 - AGWEB - Omega Balancer: New App Takes Guesswork Out of Proper Omega Ratios

Virtus Nutrition provides dairy nutritionists and producers with a tool to better balance for the essential omega-6 and omega-3 nutrients in their dairy diets.

A tremendous amount of research on omega fatty acids in dairy cattle has been performed over the past decade, with the University of Florida and Dr. Bill Thatcher’s lab leading the charge. While there is always more work to be done, Thatcher and his team have demonstrated consistent and repeatable results in milk, reproduction and immune health through altering the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in dairy cattle diets.

In numerous dairy industry presentations, Dr. José Santos, a dairy science professor and researcher at University of Florida has detailed the positive effects of altering the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio on lactation performance and immune response.

"Since it is found that these fatty acids can play such a vital role in dairy cow health and performance, the Omega Balancer will be a valuable app for nutritionists to merge with their dairy ration software for daily use," says Kevin Murphy, global technical director for Virtus Nutrition.