Canolamazing Blog

October 5, 2015

Using Canola Meal in Current Ration Formulation Programs

Previously, when balancing dairy rations, many nutritionists believed that canola meal had a couple drawbacks:
1. The protein in canola meal was considered to be too soluble.
2. The fiber in canola meal was thought to be poorly digested.

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September 20, 2015

Advances in Ration Formulation

Much has changed in our understanding of dairy rations over the years. Historically, the National Research Council (NRC) has been seen as the definitive voice when it comes to feeding livestock. However, the latest version of its “Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle” was published in 2001 — leaving more than 14 years of new findings that need to be considered.

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September 2, 2015

Evaluating Protein Sources in Today’s Market

Evaluating dairy ration protein sources requires looking at multiple factors, especially in today’s ever-changing market. Research typically suggests using a very simple metric to evaluate protein in a ration: protein efficiency. This measures milk protein yield per cow per day as a function of protein consumed by eating the dairy ration. Currently, averages are between 25% and 30% — a value that has been steadily improving.

Protein serves two roles in a dairy ration:

1. “Feeding” the rumen microbes, which degrade the protein for their use

2. Providing additional protein for the cow as it bypasses the rumen

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