BOCM PAULS has introduced a new linseed based raw material to the UK feed market, the unique product is called Lintec. Six months of comprehensive on-farm assessment work on over 50 units has shown that the product can improve milk yield, fertility levels and cow health. Other studies have shown that Lintec has a positive effect on saturated fat levels in the milk and also helps to reduce methane levels.
The reason Lintec works so well is that specific linseed varieties have been bred to have extremely high levels of Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid), which has a positive impact on animal well-being. The only other dairy feed high in Omega 3 is spring grass, but a cow needs to eat significantly less Lintec than spring grass in order to get the same level of Omega 3 intake.
The new product differs significantly from other linseed raw materials because it is derived using a new, patented thermo extrusion process. This process releases far more of the linseed oil, and also protects part of the oil, protein and starch from degradation in the rumen. In terms of nutrient content Lintec has 25% oil, 17.9 MJ/kg DM and contains 18% protein. Lintec can be fed as a straight, included in compound feeds and blends.
Lintec cannot, however, simply be added to the diet without assessing other raw materials and must be rationed with other raw materials in mind. This is because each raw material varies in its content of both Omega 3 and Omega 6, which can cause a metabolic imbalance within the cow. The technical measurement of Omega 3 efficiency is what’s known as an it3 value and all raw materials within the BOCM PAULS Dietplan Dairy Pro rationing program now contain it3 values.
For more information download the Lintec booklet, contact your BOCM PAULS Account Manager, local merchant, or e mail us.