Seaweed as Cattle Feed

The project will aim to evaluate how the inclusion of this additive specifically influences the fatty acid composition of the resultant meat products.

Project Dates: June 22, 2020 – June 21, 2021
Funding Amount: $25,000
Students Hired: 2

NIC Researcher Dr. Spencer Serin (right) and industry partner, Edgar Smith, visits cattle at Beaver Meadow farm.

Project Summary

North Island College chemistry instructor, Dr. Spencer Serin, has partnered with a local farming company to research the effects of adding seaweed to cattle feed.

Beaver Meadow Farms, an organic cattle farm located on northern Vancouver Island, will work with Dr. Serin to assess the overall health benefits of meat products. Beaver Meadow Farms has been harvesting stormcast Mazzaella japonica for the past five years and has been using the macroalgae as a feed additive for their cattle. Dr. Serin will research how the invasive red seaweed Mazzaella japonica may influence the fatty acid composition of the resultant meat products.

The project will involve NIC laboratory facilities and student researchers. Technical skills learned by NIC students will be directly transferable to the Canadian beef and dairy sectors.

Research Team

Dr. Spencer Serin
Dr. Spencer Serin, Research Associate
Dr. Spencer Serin is a chemistry instructor at North Island College. Dr. Serin has his Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia.

Partners Beaver Meadows Farm

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