Innovative, First-to-Market OceanFeed™ Product Significantly Improves Animal Health, Creating Benefits Throughout the Food Chain
June 5, 2018 —Chicago, Illinois/Milltown, Ireland
Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd, a global company producing animal feed ingredients centered on the natural bioactive properties of seaweed, to introduce the first North American pork products raised on OceanFeed™ Swine, their proprietary, seaweed-based feed ingredient specifically formulated for pork. Ocean Harvest has partnered with Heritage Foods, the pioneering company committed to making heritage breed poultry and livestock raised on pasture without antibiotic growth promoters available to all Americans.
“We’re proud that our all-natural, seaweed-based, animal feed ingredient, OceanFeed™ Swine, is being utilized by farmers in North America to improve the health of animals.” said Graham Ellis, Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Harvest Technology. “Innovative approaches to improving animal health are critical to the future of the food industry, and OceanFeed™ Swine is a cost-effective ingredient that is gaining momentum in the United States. Our proprietary blend of red, brown, and green seaweed species allows us to deliver multiple benefits in both meat quality and performance. As a natural prebiotic, customers observe enhanced animal health, more efficient nutrient uptake, and reduced mortality rates, creating a strong financial incentive to use the product. We have fundamentally introduced a reliable tool in the box for those raising pork without antibiotic growth promotors. “
Patrick Martins is the President of Heritage Foods USA which specializes in making rare breed meat and poultry products available to US consumers. Patrick commented, “Having already known that some seaweeds are a healthy food source for people, I was introduced to OceanFeedTM Swine and saw it as a 100 percent natural, sustainable product that would be good for animals, farmers, and the environment. The offering is completely in line with Heritage’s approach to delivering quality sustainable pork for the market. I introduced the OHT team to one of our farmers, Dr. David Newman, and am proud we could play a role in bringing this new technology to the swine industry. “
“In my roles as a pork producer, a scientist, and a leader in the U.S. swine industry, I am well aware of the need for new tools to improve the efficiency and health of our livestock,” explained Dr. Newman, Owner of Newman Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork, and Associate Professor of Animal Sciences at Arkansas State University. “I was initially skeptical about OHT’s claims, but our data indicates that OceanFeedTM Swine has a positive impact on gut health and immunity, without any negative impact on pork quality. The new Veterinary Feed Directive from the FDA is changing the landscape for swine production and animal health management in the U.S., and I believe that OHT has created a valuable tool that could be adopted across the industry. Simply put, OceanFeed Swine™ improves gut health. Improving gut health improves pig performance, and I now use it in my own operation. “
Craig Good, another top Heritage Foods producer who runs Good Farms in Olsberg, KS, added, “I believe that responsible, high quality pork production starts with good gut health in my pigs. I have been in the pig production business for forty years, and I have seen very positive production results over the past year that I have used the OceanFeed™ Swine product on my farm. My pigs are more uniform and larger in size, are healthier with reduced scouring and mortality rates, and use feed more efficiently due to the natural prebiotic like effects of this seaweed blend. “
Howard Hanna, a nationally recognized Chef from The Rieger in Kansas City, MO stated: “At the end of the day, I care about how pork tastes, that is the key test for me. We were proud to be the first restaurant in North America to try this seaweed fed pork, and as a chef, I can attest to the quality and my customers like it. The fact that this product also furthers the humane treatment of pigs in addition to being a high quality pork, adds to my support of this type of product.”
Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd will be at World Pork Expo in the Jacobson Building on stand J313.
About Heritage Foods USA
Heritage Foods USA is a farm-to-table online butcher based in Brooklyn, dedicated to supporting family farmers raising livestock on pasture with old-school genetics. Turkeys, pigs, lamb, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese are all purchased nose-to-tail, and sold online in cuts to customers in all 50 states, as well as 130 of America’s best restaurants. For more information visit us at www.HeritageFoodsUSA.com.
About Ocean Harvest Technology
Ocean Harvest Technology Limited (OHT) is a global company that produces animal feed ingredients based on a variety of proprietary formulas centered on the bioactive ingredients present in different seaweeds. The Company provides a range of natural ingredients focused on improving the health of animals, the environment, and the consumer. Ocean Harvest Technology Limited has operations in Europe, Asia, and North America. For more information please visit www.oceanharvest.ie.
OceanFeed™ is a proprietary, all-natural, seaweed-based animal feed ingredient that has been proven to significantly reduce the need for antibiotic growth promoters in the animal feed sector. OceanFeed™ formulations have been formulated around the unique compounds available in certain seaweeds, including polysaccharides for their prebiotic benefits to animal gut health and nutrient uptake. Studies and trials additionally indicate enhanced immune-competence, reduced mortality rates, and other performance benefits.
Graham Ellis - Ocean Harvest Technology Limited
Patrick Martins - Heritage Foods USA