Helen Sharp at the Irish Field published in her “Green Horse” column a questions and answers with Sarah Aldous, from Immun-Ocean on our sustainable harvesting methods for Ascophyllum Nodosum. See below for full article.
NORTH Atlantic seaweed has been used for centuries as a natural source feed supplement, low in iodine and rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids all of which can provide great support for our equine friends.
The Green Horse (TGH): Why is sustainability important to you?
Sarah Aldous (SA): Sustainability is incredibly important to KSB Equine because our company ethos revolves around all our products being grown and produced in as natural a way as possible – from our hand harvesting methods to how we treat the seaweed once it is picked.
In the processing unit there is no waste – all the different elements of the seaweed have an end use.
We are hugely respectful of the environment in general but also in leaving as small a carbon foot print as we can in our processing methods. We want to allow future generations to be able to utilise the seaweed too and for there to be adequate supplies growing naturally along the coast.
TGH: What type of seaweed do you use in your supplements?
SA: The most common type of seaweed used in equine supplements is Ascophyllum nodosum which grows naturally on the rocks along the coast of Donegal.
TGH: Can you describe the sustain- ability cycle of the seaweed process for Immun-Ocean?
SA: The Ascophyllum is hand harvested with a sickle and not cut below a certain level so that the seaweed re- grows and regenerates every year.
TGH: Can you describe the processing of the seaweed for your products?
SA: It is washed in a three-stage process removing all impurities and then it is separated between the liquid which is used for plant and crop growth and the solid matter that is used for our products.
It is then dried gently to create the powder which is used in our supplements.