Best practices for feeding canola meal to dairy cows


Fernando Diaz

The large expansion of the canola crushing industry that occurred in North America since 2010 has increased the supply of canola meal for the animal feed industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service reported canola meal production in 2016-17 in the U.S. was 1.3 million tons, increasing about 20 percent from the previous crop. Similarly, according to the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, 4.9 million tons of canola were produced in Canada in 2016 — 14 percent more than the previous year.

The United States is the major importer of canola meal from Canada (73 percent of the production), which is fed mainly to dairy cows. Several research projects, founded by the Canola Council of Canada, have been conducted in public universities and research centers from the U.S. and Canada to maximize the use of canola meal in dairy diets.

Chemical composition

Researchers from the University of Manitoba, South Dakota State University and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center evaluated the nutritive composition and ruminal degradability of protein in canola meal samples from Canadian processing facilities.

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