Flax Farm specialises in producing linseed and we also make top quality cold-pressed linseed oil for your horses, dogs and other animals including chickens.
If you give your animals fresh quality feed you will want the best linseed oil (also known as flaxseed oil or flax oil) for them too. Flax Farm Cold-pressed Linseed oil is simply pure unrefined cold-pressed oil that has been gently squeezed from the best UK-grown linseeds and delivered fresh from pressing. Careful production, the highest standards of quality control and freshness mean the oil is in pristine condition with maximum nutritional benefit and a mild flavour they will enjoy.
Cold-pressed linseed oil is an excellent way to feed omega-3 to animals and birds. Modern feeds for all animals tend to have raised the levels of omega-6 in their diets so they need omega-3 for balance and optimal health and condition.
Click on the links below to find out more about the benefits of feeding linseed oil for your animals:
Why Omega-3 is so important in your dog’s diet
Just like people, in recent times, dogs’ need for omega-3 has increased because of changes in modern agriculture. Dogs’ wild wolf ancestors ate the diet they had evolved over to eat, wild animals that grazed naturally and so they got a perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6.
The modern dog’s food contains grains and meats which are higher in omega-6. Linseed oil added to their food will add omega-3 and can improve the balance of fats in their diet.
The dogs here really do enjoy our Linseed Oil, but here is why we like it too:
- Omega-3 an Essential Fatty Acid
- Healthy Skin and Glossy Coat
- Adult Dogs
- Working Dogs
- Older and Geriatric Dogs
- Dogs and the Budwig Diet
Omega-3 is an essential building block in every cell in the body. Omega-3 is as essential to the dog’s health as protein and minerals like calcium and iron. Like these other nutrients, dogs can’t make omega-3 in their body so it must be given to them in their diet.
For a long time, cold-pressed linseed (which is also known as flaxseed oil) has been fed to top show dogs for an eye-catching lustrous sheen. We all instinctively know a glossy coat is a sign of underlying health and that is why so many people with a pet or working dogs feed linseed oil.
Linseed is one of nature’s richest source of omega-3 so feeding cold-pressed linseed oil helps to provide essential balance. It is natural and unprocessed.
Giving puppies a good diet with the correct balance of omega-3 gives dogs a good start in life.
Linseed oil is unlike “supplements” as it provides omega-3 which is essential for health; it’s not an add-on, it’s a basic, just as protein, calcium, iron etc are essential basic bldy building blocks. The nutritional imbalances in modern dog foods is associated with many metabolic disorders and inflammatory diseases show in adulthood. These are characterised by conditions similar to those we se
e in people: autoimmune deficiency disorders; muscular-skeletal problems, arthritis, ligament and tendon inflammation; skin problems, itching, scurfy or dry skin; temperament problems, aggression, anxiety, hyperactivity; digestive disorders, food intolerance, colitis, diarrhoea;cancer; metabolic disorders. Increasing the levels of omega-3, which is an essential nutrient that we know is deficient in the diet of most dogs, can be the start of a better, healthier diet which can help prevent and even overcome these conditions.
Just like people with stiff joints older dogs can really appreciate the addition of linseed oil in their diet. A little linseed oil in your dog’s diet can help keep a bit more of spring in his step and gloss on his coat.
Dogs even with the most sensitive tummies, usually tolerate Flax Farm Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil well. Ground linseed contains gentle fibre that can help support dogs’ digestion system to keep them confortagle and regular.
Omega-3 is a great addition to the diet of working dogs. Keeping that balance of omega-3 is important to support them working hard. Ideal for all working dogs.
Omega-3 is necessary for healthy development in puppies. It is a necessary component of bitches milk, feeding linseed oil before whelping – even before mating – will help top ensure the puppies get omega-3 before birth and while growing. It can be fed to pups at weaning when going onto solid food. weaning.
Budwig diet: Flax Oil-Cottage Cheese diet for dogs
Dr. Johanna Budwig, a German biochemist researcher into dietary fats discovered the importance of omega-3 for health. Johanna Budwig research led her to understand the role fats, especially omega-3 have in diet. Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil and whole linseeds (which are to be ground) are suitable for the Budwig diet and the mild flavour makes is nice for even fussy dogs.
Feeding Flax Farm Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil to dogs is easy because it has such a mild flavour that most dogs usually really enjoy it. Just stir the correct quantity (see back of the container) into usual food. Some dogs prefer the capsules wrapped in bacon or cheese as a treat.
Cold-pressed linseed (flax) omega-3 oil for horses
- Linseed or Flax ?
- Flax Farm Top Quality Cold-pressed Linseed (Flax Seed) Omega-3 Oil
- Natural Omega-3
- Linseed Oil is balances other oils
- How to buy/store and feed Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil
The Benefits of Feeding Flax Farm Linseed Oil. For centuries horse owners have fed linseed and linseed (flaxseed) oil to their horses for peak condition with a glossier easier to groom coat, strong hooves, muscle tone, fitness and performance. Now modern scientists and vets have clearly shown its efficacy is due to omega-3.
Flax Farm take a lot of extra care over producing a cold-pressed linseed oil for horses that’s as good as it can be. The gentleness of our cold-pressing and freshness means the quality is top notch. We always supply it in light proof containers to ensure that its valuable omega-3 isn’t damaged by sunlight. We can tell you it’s top quality, we don’t expect you to try it but if you’ve ever bought linseed (or flax seed oil as it is otherwise known as) you wiould be very pleasantly surprised. As it is you’ll just have to take your horse’s word for it!
- Useful for horses and ponies prone to laminitis and difficult to keep shoes on.
- Boosted immune system and good for respiratory system
- healthy cell and strong bone development during pregnancy and for youngsters
- Aids recovery after competition and training
- Healthier, shinier coats and easier to groom.
- Improves dry coats
- Linseed Oil can help relieve the symptoms of sweet itch
- Calms temperament, aids concentration
Top Quality Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil. If you give your animals fresh quality feed you will want the best linseed oil for them. Flax Farm Cold-pressed Linseed oil is simply the best; pure unrefined cold-pressed oil that is gently squeezed from home-grown linseeds. It is as close to nature as possible and contains all the naturally occurring micro-nutrients and antioxidants that aid absorption and health. Careful production, and the highest standards of quality control mean that the beneficial omega-3 is in pristine condition
- Fresh (we send it to you within a few days of pressing).
- Clear light gold colour shows the quality of Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil.
- Ultra-mild flavour. Linseed Oil should always have a delicate flavour; the mild flavour shows the oil is frresh and the omega-3 in good condition
- Palatability. It’s important that Linseed Oil should taste nice so your horses can enjoy it in their feed. We taste the oil before it goes out to ensure quality.
Omega-3 is an essential nutrient for horses.
Animals can’t make omega-3 in their bodies, so like minerals and protien, they have to get it from food. Approximately 25% of every cell membrane is made from omega-3.
Cod Liver Oil is a source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, but horses are herbivores and designed to get their omega-3 from plants as ALA (alpha linolenic) fatty acid. Naturally it is the form found in grass and other plants. Cod liver oil comes from fish and is not a natural food for horses. The omega-3 in Flax Farm linseed oil is simply the oil gently pressed from the whole linseeds and provides the ALA omega-3 fatty acid horses need.
In the old days in order to extract the goodness of the linseeds it was soaked and boiled, to a thick mucilaginous gloop which invariably boiled over and made a terrible mess on the top of the stove. Flax Farm cold-pressed Linseed Oil gives you the goodness of the linseeds in an easier to feed and more digestible form.
Breeding: Omega-3 as is essential for the correct working of all systems in the body, including balanced hormones which is important for the mare to come in season and ovulate normally, it is necessary for the fertility of stallions and milk production. Omega-3 is a component in every cell in the body; it essential for healthy development and allows foals to develop to the full potential of their genes, with strong bones, muscles and a healthy immune system. Feeding Flax Farm Linseed oil fro the very start gets youngsters off to a good start.
Mares. The females of all equines produce a milk is naturally very high in omega-3 (it is why Cleopatra bathed in asses milk – the omega-3 would have been absorbed through the skin and keeps wrinkles at bay and is a great aid to a beautiful complexion). For the mares it is important they get enough omega-3 in their diet and in the right balance so they can pass this on to their foal for its healthy strong development. Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil provides an excellent source of omega-3 for mares and for weaning youngsters.
NUTRITIONAL ADVANTAGES OF LINSEED OIL V OTHER OILS
Horses and Ponies need both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they are essential building blocks for healthy cell development. These fatty acids have to come from food because, like minerals and protein, animals cannot make them in their body. Their natural diets contain a balance of one part omega-3 and two parts omega-6. However most major ingredients in horse feed including oats, wheat, maize and soya have a lot of the omega-6 which is inflammatory and in addition many people feel other vegetable oil which further unbalances horses’ metabolism. This means can’t get enough of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 to provide the essential balance for healthy cell and hormone production. All horses, especially those in hard work, breeding animals, old or young stock need extra omega-3.
Linseed oil is the only vegetable oil which has more omega-3 than omega-6, so it is the only oil that can rebalance the diet. Other vegetable oils make imbalance worse and can result in stiff joints, scurfy itchy skin, poor attention, spookiness and other typical symptoms of fatty acid imbalance.
All Vegetable Oils are not the same!
Why Linseed Oil is the only vegetable oil you can feed to rebalance the fats in your horse’s diet:
|Source of Fatty Acids||Omega-3||Omega-6||Rebalancing or Unbalancing|
|Maize/Corn Oil||0||59||Very unbalancing|
|Soya Oil||7||50||Very unbalancing|
|Sunflower Oil||0||65||Very unbalancing|
|Typical Vegetable Oil||1.5||57||Very unbalancing|
|Flax Farm Linseed Oil||60||14||Re-balancing|
This table shows why sunflower, corn, olive, rapeseed and soya oils do not do the same job as linseed oil. All these other vegetable oils should be thought of as just additional calories for your horse’s diet. If these oils are fed additional linseed oil should always be fed to provide natural balance the horse would get in the wild from grazing natural grasses and herbs .
Cod-liver and blended fish oils are good sources of omega-3 but are not a natural food for horses. (There have been enough scares due to pollutants in the ocean and to feeding unnatural foods to livestock; we don’t need to feed horses fish).
How to use: The simplest way to use the Flax Farm Cold-pressed Linseed Oil is simply to mix it in food fresh every day. Unlike the whole linseeds the linseed oil does not need to be cooked, in fact the cooler you can keep it the better.
How much to Buy
- For owners with a single horse or pony: buy our 2.5litre can
- For owners with a larger horse (or on special diet): buy our 5 litre can
- For owners with several horses: buy our 4 x 5 litre cans or 25 litre container.
- For riders: try our cold-pressed linseed oil or capsules
How much to Use:
The amounts given are for normal healthy maintenance. More can be fed as directed by your vet or other animal health professional.
- For 15-16 hands/ 1.5-1.6m. Mix 3 tablespoons/45-50ml added to feed; for smaller or larger animals feed pro rata. Foals, young stock, pregnant and lactating mares can be fed up to double.
Storing Linseed Oil:
- Store linseed oil in a cool dark place and try to finish within three-four months. Don’t throw away any unused linseed oil: it is good for treating woodwork.