Nutrition of Rapeseed/Canola meal as an ingredient for livestock feed

Rapeseed or Canola meal

Rapeseed/Canola meal is a byproduct of the production of canola oil and is a valuable source of nutrition for many types of livestock. It is a good source of protein, with a protein content of around 40%.

Canola meal is also high in energy and is a good source of amino acids, particularly methionine and cystine, which are often limiting in other plant protein sources.

Common names

Rapeseed meal, rapeseed oil meal, canola meal, canola seed meal.

Rapeseed cake, rapeseed oil cake, canola oil cake, canola cake, expeller-pressed rapeseed meal, expeller-pressed canola meal.

Cold-pressed rapeseed cake, cold-pressed canola meal.

Nutrition of Rapeseed/Canola meal

It is important to note that the nutritional value of rapeseed meals can vary depending on factors such as the variety of rapeseed used, the processing methods employed, and the presence of impurities such as dirt and other plant material.

Canola Meal, Solvent Extracted Analysis

M. Energy: 3013 Kcal/Kg
Crude Protein: 37.50 %/Kg
Crude Fiber: 10.50 %/Kg
Crude Fat: 3.22 %/Kg
Calcium: 0.69 %/Kg
Phosphorus: 1.08 %/Kg
Lysine: 2.07 %/Kg
Methionine: 0.71 %/Kg

Canola Meal, Expelled Analysis

M. Energy: 3540 Kcal/Kg
Crude Protein: 35.19 %/Kg
Crude Fiber: 9.77 %/Kg
Crude Fat: 9.97 %/Kg
Calcium: 0.69 %/Kg
Phosphorus: 1.15 %/Kg
Lysine: 1.58 %/Kg
Methionine: 0.61 %/Kg

Nutritional value

Moisture, % 12.00 0.00
Crude protein (N*6.25), % 36.90
Rumen escape protein, % of protein (NRC method)2 43.50
Rumen escape protein, % of protein (CNCPS method)3 53.00
Ether extract, % 2.81
Oleic acid, % 1.74
Linoleic acid, % 0.56
Linolenic acid, % 0.24
Ash, % 6.42
Calcium, % 0.67
Phosphorus, % 1.03
Total dietary fibre % 33.60
Acid detergent fibre, % 16.30
Neutral detergent fibre, % 25.50
Sinapine, % 0.88
Phytic acid, % 2.02
Glucosinolates, uMol/g 3.14

Contains a good balance of mineral

Rapeseed meal also contains a good balance of minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

Calcium- 6.6 g/kg
Phosphorus- 10.7 g/kg
Phytate phosphorus- 6.4 g/kg
Magnesium- 5.2 g/kg
Potassium- 12.6 g/kg
Sodium- 0.4 g/kg
Chlorine- 0.6 g/kg
Sulfur- 7.6 g/kg
Manganese- 52 mg/kg
Zinc- 60 mg/kg
Copper- 5 mg/kg
Iron- 182 mg/kg
Selenium- 1 mg/kg
Cobalt- 0.1 mg/kg
Molybdenum- 2 mg/kg
Iodine- 0 mg/kg

Anti-nutritional factors

Additionally, it contains a relatively low level of anti-nutritional factors, such as glucosinolates and erucic acid, which can cause problems when consuming high levels of these compounds.

It’s important to ensure that the meal is of good quality and to use it in appropriate amounts in the feed.

Read more- Nutrition of Coconut/Copra meal as a feed ingredient for livestock.

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