Spirulina as a livestock supplement and animal feed

Holman, B.W.B., and Malau-Aduli, A.E.O. (2013) Spirulina as a livestock supplement and animal feed. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 97 (4). pp. 615-623.

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Abstract

Spirulina (Athrospira sp.) is an edible microalga and a highly nutritious potential feed resource for many agriculturally important animal species. Research findings have associated Spirulina to improvements in animal growth, fertility, aesthetic and nutritional product quality. Spirulina intake has also been linked to an improvement in animal health and welfare. Its influence over animal development stems from its nutritive and protein-rich composition, thus leading to an increased commercial production to meet consumer demand. Consequently, Spirulina is emerging as a cost-effective means of improving animal productivity for a sustainable and viable food security future. However, our present knowledge of animal response to dietary Spirulina supplementation is relatively scanty and largely unknown. Therefore, the primary objective of this paper was to review past and current findings on the utilisation of Spirulina as a feed supplement and its impact on animal productivity and health. Only animals deemed to be of agricultural significance were investigated; hence, only ruminants, poultry, swine and rabbits and their responses to dietary Spirulina supplementation are covered.

Item ID: 35608
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1439-0396
Keywords: Spirulina, pigs, sheep, milk, poultry, meat quality, growth
Funders: University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures National Flagship
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 15:50
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830310 Sheep - Meat @ 100%
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