Linseed oil, commonly called flaxseed oil is obtained from the ripened and dry seeds of the flax plant. The flax plant and particularly the linseed oil are highly beneficial for humans and animals. Linseed oil finds its applications in several end-user segments such as dietary foods, paint & textile industry, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, processed food, leather industry, personal care, and others, owing to its health benefits, medicinal properties, and other attributes. Moreover, the linseed meal or the by-product obtained during the production of linseed oil is majorly used in livestock feed for enriching the fatty acid profile of milk, meat, and eggs as linseed meal has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The adoption of linseed oil is further supported by the increasing flax plant production in emerging economies.
Burgeoning Adoption in Animal Feed Application to Foster Profitability for Providers
The increasing adoption of linseed oil or flaxseed oil in the animal feed application space is creating several growth opportunities for the providers of linseed oil. Furthermore, the increasing research conducted for analyzing the effectiveness of these energy sources plays a crucial role in this growth. The significance of boosting the quality of animal feed has gained major vitality in recent times. The need for improving the performance, enhancing the yield of milk, and the boosting the effectiveness of animal feed has greatly triggered the use of effective foods and substitutes that could potentially foster the process of improving the quality of animal feed which could thereby cater to the changing needs.
For instance, a research study published by the researcher at the University of New Hampshire, Andre Brito, aimed at feed ingredient interaction for dairy cows that undergo potential cold stress from the annual pasture access. According to the researcher, the use of flaxseed oil in the diets of organic cows helped in improving the performance and feed efficiency, thereby increasing the milk yield in cold conditions. Furthermore, the digestible dietary starch would help in boosting the presence of Omega-3 in the milk, he added.
Bolstering Flax Processing Facilities to Trigger Linseed Oil Development
As linseed oil is derived from flax plants, the increasing processing of flax and the growth in flax plant production are expected to be major growth drivers for the development of linseed oil. Companies are engaging in expanding flax processing to obtain flaxseed oil or linseed oil that could be used in the paint industry as well as the flax meal that could be sold for use in livestock feed.
For instance, several companies are eyeing future opportunities with respect to the processing of flax. The two companies including Ming-Hai, a Canadian-controlled grain trader, and FlaxMega, a Chinese supplier of flax seeds are investing in the processing facility.
Superior Health Benefits Associated with Linseed to Attract Consumer Attention
Rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a precursor of essential omega-3 fatty acids, the linseed oil is gaining major attention from health-conscious consumers. Moreover, the demand for organic ingredients has further boosted the incorporation of linseed oil in place of fish oil in new dietary supplements.
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