Inclusion of canola oil in lactating dairy cow diets

Juan Sánchez Duarte & Fernando Díaz

Canola oil is a co-product derived from the solvent extraction of canola seed after it is mechanical crushed. Compared to other vegetable oils, canola oil has the highest concentration of unsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (Table). The addition of fat, such as canola oil, to lactating dairy cow diets is a common practice for increasing dietary energy density and improving milk production. However, high inclusion of canola oil may compromise feed intake, milk fat concentration, and milk production.

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