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Spirulina as a livestock supplement and animal feed


Holman, B and Malau-Aduli, AEO, Spirulina as a livestock supplement and animal feed, Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 97, (4) pp. 615-623. ISSN 0931-2439 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1439-0396.2012.01328.x


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Spirulina, pigs, sheep, milk, poultry, meat, quality, growth
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal welfare
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Sheep for meat
UTAS Author:Holman, B (Mr Benjamin Holman)
UTAS Author:Malau-Aduli, AEO (Associate Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli)
ID Code:78465
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:111
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2012-06-29
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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