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May 13, 2016

What Is RUP and What Does It Mean for My Ration?

We know that protein is critical to keeping dairy cows healthy and producing milk. Everyone knows to check ration protein levels as a possible culprit when milk production goes down. But what if we were checking the wrong type of protein?

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April 4, 2016

Choosing Proteins from an MUN Standpoint

What is MUN?
Most milk tests report milk urea nitrogen (MUN) levels, and these values can provide significant insight into how cows are using ration protein. MUN is a natural occurrence in cows, and is caused by protein consumption. When cows ingest protein, it is either broken down in the rumen to become available to rumen microbes or escapes to be an available supply of protein and amino acids to the cow for milk production. Excess ammonia from the breakdown of protein from either source is converted to urea in the liver, where it enters the blood and is removed by the kidneys. The concentration of urea in blood is very similar to urea in milk, so measurements from milk provide a convenient, non-invasive tool for evaluating the protein status of the dairy herd

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March 9, 2016

Producing High-Value Milk

Component pricing for milk is the norm in much of the United States and in Canada, meaning producers receive payment for their milk based on the total weights of fat, protein and solids in the milk.

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February 16, 2016

Reviewing the Milk Production Research Behind Protein Sources

When choosing protein feed ingredients, it is important to keep the big picture in mind.

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January 19, 2016

Register for the Canola Meal Feedstuffs Webinar

Looking for an easy way to learn more about canola meal from one of the experts?

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January 12, 2016

Visit Canolamazing at upcoming events

Canolamazing is hitting the road, with representatives at several key dairy industry events this spring. If you’re attending any of the following events, be sure to look for Canolamazing representatives:

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January 12, 2016

Milk Production Efficiency with Different Protein Sources

The goal of every dairy ration is to provide the nutrients needed by the cow at the best possible cost.

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December 22, 2015

Using Multiple Ingredients for the Right Level of Amino Acids

For a ration to be balanced correctly, all amino acid needs must be met. The ability of a cow to grow or to produce milk is determined by the most limiting amino acid. Thus, amino acids that are supplied over the limit are wasted. Supplying the correct amounts, without too many excesses, requires some finesse.

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December 16, 2015

Comparing Amino Acid Profiles of Protein Sources

The value of a protein for ruminants depends on three factors:
1. The RUP content: how much of the protein is still present after it gets past the rumen
2. The digestibility of the RUP fraction — if it cannot be digested, then it has no value
3. The amino acid profile of the ingredient

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November 30, 2015

Evaluating the Amino Acid Profiles of Ration Ingredients

After determining that amino acid balancing is something you want to achieve for your dairy ration, the next step is determining the ration ingredients necessary to achieve that amino acid balance.

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November 17, 2015

What Does Animo Acid Balance Look Like?

We know balancing for amino acids — ensuring the amount of amino acids supplied meets the needs of the cow — can have beneficial effects for dairy cows and the overall dairy operation. The question is, How do we achieve that balance?

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November 11, 2015

A Look at First-Limiting Amino Acids

Amino acids are needed for a cow to maintain her body function at peak levels, and we’re learning more and more about the value of amino acid balancing in dairy rations.

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November 4, 2015

Amino Acids – The Building Blocks of Protein in Rations

“Amino acid balancing” has been used by poultry and swine nutritionists for years, and now dairy nutritionists have begun to apply it as well. But what does it really mean to balance for amino acids?

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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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August 27, 2015

Nutrition for the modern dairy cow: what we now know about feeding protein

Today’s dairy cow is producing more milk than ever before, and more than was even imagined a generation ago (see graph below). That means that the cow’s requirements for nutrients are higher than ever to achieve that phenomenal production level. Those nutrients are needed to maintain her body condition, produce milk, and finally, produce a calf.

At the most recent ADSA DISCOVER conference, which focused on protein and amino acids, it was noted that ration protein levels have actually been going down while milk production has been paradoxically increasing.

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August 18, 2015

How Dairy Rations Have Changed

With so much dairy nutrition research over the years, there have been many advances that have allowed for a more efficient dairy cow. To understand the needs of today’s dairy cow, it helps to understand where we were and how we got here.

Dairy cow diets have changed significantly from the 1950s to now, with the average annual milk production per cow increasing by 400 percent. In the 1950s, most herds were component-fed, with seasonal grazing and dry hay in cold months, compared to today’s TMR (total mixed rations) standard.

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August 10, 2015

The Orlando Invasion

During the week of July 12, 2015, over 3,000 scientists, students and dairy industry representatives traveled to Orlando, Florida, to attend the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science (JAM). This annual conference brings together people who are working to identify the best ways to raise dairy cows for the benefit of the cow, the producer and consumers. Held in a different city every year, many attendees brought their families this year to take advantage of the many local attractions in Orlando, adding to the excitement surrounding the conference.

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July 8, 2015

Replacing soybean meal with canola meal improves productivity and efficiency in dairy cows

New research supports use of canola meal over soybean meal in dairy cow diets. The research team of Dr. Glen Broderick at Broderick Nutrition and Research, Dr. Antonio Faciola at the University of Nevada and Dr. Louis Armentano of the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that canola meal can replace soybean meal and improve the productivity of dairy cows. This research has recently been published in the Journal of Dairy Science.

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July 1, 2015

Latest in dairy ration protein research to be highlighted at ADSA JAM

During the American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting (ADSA-JAM), research highlighting the latest findings in the area of feeding canola meal to dairy cows will be featured during daily poster sessions. Research was conducted at universities across North America such as South Dakota State University, University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Posters will be available Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 7:30–9:30 a.m. daily. Details on each canola meal–specific poster are below. Researchers for each will be on hand to discuss their posters and practical applications for their research on U.S. dairy farms.

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May 13, 2015

Canola Meal at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference

During the 2015 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, held April 20-22, 2015 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Canolamazing representatives had the opportunity to learn more about current trends in the dairy industry, as well as share the canola meal story with conference attendees.

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May 5, 2015

Coming Soon: Webinar On Feeding Canola Meal to Monogastrics

On May 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT, Feedstuffs, a leading publication for the livestock feed industry, will be putting on a one hour webinar for swine and poultry nutritionists focusing on canola meal usage in monogastric diets. Respected animal nutrition researchers, Dr. Ruurd Zijlstra and Dr. Eduardo Beltranena, will share how recent research findings are creating new opportunities for feeding canola meal to swine and poultry.

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April 22, 2015

Canola Meal at the Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference

During the 2015 Tri-State Dairy Nutrition Conference, held April 20-22, 2015 in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Canolamazing representatives had the opportunity to learn more about current trends in the dairy industry, as well as share the canola meal story with conference attendees.

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April 6, 2015

On the road…in Canada!

This week, Canolamazing representatives were in attendance at the 2014 Western Nutrition Conference in Alberta, Canada, to meet with livestock nutritionists and share the good word on canola meal. Besides being across the border, there was one major difference between this conference and the other nutrition conferences Canolamazing attends: this wasn’t just for dairy nutrition!

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March 20, 2015

What We Learned at WDMC 2015

Earlier this month, Canolamazing attended the Western Dairy Management Conference (WDMC) in Reno, Nevada. WDMC has long been considered a meeting place for the most progressive dairy producers, researchers and companies, with attendees coming from all over the country, and the world, to learn about the latest trends in the dairy industry. logo_0

With all these progressive members of the dairy industry gathered together, talk of new trends and ideas was everywhere, and not just in the official conference proceedings. Here’s a few of the big things we took away from WDMC 2015:

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March 6, 2015

Why we’re excited for World Dairy Expo

World Dairy Expo is a mere five days away, and we’re getting excited. And there is a lot to be excited about. First, we get to unveil the 2014 Canolamazing Staircase. We can’t wait for World Dairy Expo attendees to see what we’ve come up with this year, and we’re sure it will be something

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March 5, 2015

Innovation in Action

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) held its 48th annual meeting in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from March 3–5, 2015. This annual convention brings together key players from all segments of the canola industry, including growers, seed developers, processors and exporters, to discuss the state of the canola industry, and its future.

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February 25, 2015

Join Us at Western Dairy Management Conference

Are you attending the 2015 Western Dairy Management Conference? Be sure to join the Canolamazing team on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 pm for appetizers, drinks and some practical canola meal information!

In addition to refreshments, canola meal researchers will be on hand to go over some recent research, and practical applications relevant to your farm. After the short presentation, the researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss with attendees.

If you are interested in attending, please send an RSVP note to Canolamazing. We look forward to seeing you there!

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January 6, 2015

Milk Protein: A Producer’s Perspective

During our Milk Protein Blog Series, we’ve established that consumers are eating a whole lot of cheese and, therefore, demanding high-protein milk, and the research shows how we can nutritionally influence the production of milk protein, but what does this all mean for a dairy producer? Do producers even need to worry about milk protein?

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January 6, 2015

Providing Phosphorus in Different Ways

The cost of phosphorus, a key component in dairy cow rations, is climbing, due to high demand. Phosphorus is a major component of mineral supplements included in livestock rations, as well as a key component in fertilizers used for crop production, and those two industries are responsible for a large part of the phosphates used across the world.

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December 18, 2014

Supporting Canola Meal Research

At Canolamazing, we talk a lot about the research that is available when it comes to canola meal, and how this can help drive feeding decisions. But, where does this research come from?

Enter the Canola Meal Dairy Research Team. This team is a network of research scientists who receive support from the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Growing Forward 2 program to conduct research that continues to drive demand for canola. On the canola meal side of canola production, research teams across North America are continuously studying the best applications for canola meal in the diets of dairy cows, and working to eliminate any barriers dairy producers and nutritionists might have to feeding this protein source.

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December 17, 2014

Canola Meal: Not Just for Dairy Cows Anymore

Thanks to increasing consumer demand for canola oil, canola meal has become an abundant and efficient protein source for the global livestock industry. Canola meal has become popular for use in dairy rations, particularly in the United States. However, other parts of the livestock industry, such as the poultry and swine sectors, have been slower to adopt canola meal as a protein source for their rations. This is due in large part to some misconceptions about canola meal that are now being cleared up, thanks to research sponsored by the Canola Council of Canada. Canola meal manager from the Canola Council of Canada, Brittany Dyck, discussed this research in a recent article in the November 3, 2014 issue of Feedstuffs.

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December 10, 2014

Canola meal a great match for high-forage diets

Whether due to a lack of feed availability, a shortage of available land, or high grain prices, more producers are looking at feeding high-forage diets and more byproduct ingredients. Those producers want to be able to maintain existing milk production levels with this changing diet, and new research shows that canola meal can help them do just that.

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December 5, 2014

Canola Meal on Tour

This fall was a busy time for canola meal. Canolamazing representatives traveled around the globe, both learning more about and educating on how canola meal can be used in all livestock nutrition, including dairy cattle. Check out some of the highlights:

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November 24, 2014

Methionine supply shortage has dairy nutritionists looking in new directions

Amino acid balancing is finally mainstreamed, to the delight of dairy nutritionists everywhere. Balancing rations for intestinally available amino acids, rather than simply balancing for bypass protein, allows feed formulators to more precisely meet the nutrient needs of the dairy cow, and often at lower prices. Methionine and lysine are discussed the most often in a dairy ration – they’re known as the most common limiting amino acids. But what happens when supply can’t keep up with demand for this new-age feeding practice?

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September 24, 2014

On the road…in Canada!

This week, Canolamazing representatives were in attendance at the 2014 Western Nutrition Conference in Alberta, Canada, to meet with livestock nutritionists and share the good word on canola meal. Besides being across the border, there was one major difference between this conference and the other nutrition conferences Canolamazing attends: this wasn’t just for dairy nutrition!

The Western Nutrition Conference covers all livestock nutrition, meaning we were rubbing shoulders with not only dairy nutritionists, but also nutritionists serving the poultry, swine and beef sectors. This was a great opportunity for us to inject the canola meal conversation into new groups. In order to facilitate these conversations, Canolamazing hosted a reception for conference attendees, where they could talk with Canolamazing-associated researchers and learn more about how to best incorporate canola meal into the rations they formulate. Over 30 conference attendees stopped by the reception and were able to learn more about the latest research for canola meal in dairy, poultry and swine operations.

Do you work with livestock other than dairy? Visit canolameal.ca to learn more about incorporating canola meal into your rations.

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September 3, 2014

What does milk protein have to do with canola meal?

Certain protein ingredients have been proven to increase milk protein. But what is the value in increasing milk protein, and what does that have to do with canola meal? Milkpay.com shows that milk protein has the highest component value for producers. For example, increasing milk protein by 0.1 percent of a unit of protein will increase revenue per cow per day by $0.21 for cows producing 65 pounds of milk per day. This means that investments made to improve milk protein yield in areas where payment is based on components (as opposed to just volume) will result in a return on investment if the input costs are less than $0.21 per cow per day.

According to the USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. cheese consumption is increasing rapidly, with annual per capita consumption expected to reach 36.8 pounds by 2022. More cheese production means more milk protein is needed.

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September 2, 2014

Canola Meal and Dairy Protein Nutrition Highlight of 2014 ADSA-JAM

Each year, the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) holds its Joint Annual Meeting (JAM), inviting dairy researchers, nutritionists and students to come together to discuss the latest trends in the dairy industry. During past ADSA-JAMs, canola meal has been heavily featured in the nutrition research highlights, and this year was no different as researchers shared their latest findings when it comes to feeding canola meal to lactating dairy cows. (You can review research highlights here.) But this year, in addition to being featured via research poster presentations, canola meal was highlighted in a different way: through the honoring of Dr. Glen Broderick.

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August 14, 2014

Milk protein is hot, milk fat is not

We heard the phrase “Milk protein is hot, milk fat is not” at a recent conference for dairy nutritionists. Does that make you stop and think? It surely stops us. The dairy industry is quite progressive, so if milk protein is hot in the eyes of consumers, how are we changing the way we produce milk to adapt? Over the next several weeks, we’re going to dive into this industry trend to understand what this means to the producer. Plus — protein in a ration doesn’t necessarily mean more protein in the milk. We’ll cover why this is in a new research blog on canola meal’s impact on milk protein.

Oh, and if you’re curious, here’s a little background on why milk protein is so hot. U.S. per capita cheese consumption is projected to reach new heights by 2022, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. A whopping 36.8 pounds of cheese per person, per year, is expected to be consumed in less than a decade. Paired with the strong growth of high-protein Greek yogurt, the value of milk protein is only bound to grow. Pretty amazing, right?

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July 7, 2014

Canola meal research to be highlighted at ADSA

The latest canola meal research, including studies on how canola meal interacts with lactating dairy cows, will be showcased during the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) in Kansas City, Mo., July 20 – 24, 2014.

Canola meal dairy research was conducted at universities across North America, including University of California, Davis, South Dakota State University, Brookings, University of Wisconsin, Madison, University of Nevada, Reno, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Sherbrooke (Lennoxville Sector), Quebec and University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Funding for these studies was provided by the Government of Canada and Canola Council of Canada. Throughout ADSA, research will be shared with attendees via poster presentations and a symposium.

Following is a schedule of when canola meal research will be available for review. For more information on the studies, contact Canolamazing via the Contact Us page, or visit the ADSA JAM website.

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June 25, 2014

On the road…in Iowa!

Canolamazing was on the road in June and participated in the Four State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference held in Dubuque, Iowa. The event drew a strong attendance (over 400!) of dairy nutritionists and advisors from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It was a great event to connect with local dairy nutritionists and learn what they know about canola meal. An impressive panel of extension staff put together symposia on feed efficiency and calf management. Dr. Chuck Schwab kicked off the conference with a great discussion on the importance of amino acid nutrition in lactating cattle. We also enjoyed the discussion on starch digestion.

Perhaps our favorite part of the event was the flood of interest and questions about canola meal. We were prepared for questions with our canola meal folder – it’s packed with information about how to use canola meal in rations and the latest research that’s been published. If you’d like to receive your very own canola meal folder, just fill out this form and mention “canola meal folder” in the notes.

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June 10, 2014

In situ…What?

We’re not speaking Greek! In situ is a valuable method of nutrition research, and we’d like to explain what it is and how it works. An in situ test helps us to understand what happens to feed ingredients in the rumen of dairy cows, as opposed to how the feed ingredient interacts with the whole cow.

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May 30, 2014

Looking Back: My First Year as a Full-time Dairy Farmer

It’s been just over a year since I started working on my family’s dairy farm full-time, and it’s been a whirlwind. Going in, I was pretty confident with my abilities and knowledge of our farm; I’ve been working on the farm in some capacity my entire life. But, it’s amazing how much of a reality check I’ve experienced over the last year. At the start, I honestly thought to myself, “How different could working on the dairy as a manager be?” Very different, as it turns out. I’m not just managing cows. I’m managing people, equipment and a farming operation. I’ve also learned that I’m really good at breaking things, which means I’ve had to get better at fixing things as well. I will say this: When I was walking across that stage during my college graduation, I did not picture myself holding a plunger and a drain snake, fixing the employees’ toilet. I’ve loved every minute of being a full-time dairy farmer, but it’s definitely been a year of learning and challenges.

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May 21, 2014

All or Nothing: Swapping Out DDGS Entirely for Canola Meal

Research isn’t sparse that proves canola meal protein is an effective protein ingredient in dairy rations, and can be substituted for soybean meal without question. We have similarly learned that canola meal and high-protein dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) work well when mixed together as protein sources for dairy cows, but how do they compare alone? In a study conducted in California in 2012, four groups of 320 cows each were fed different rations: Two groups received rations in which the protein was made up of different levels of canola meal and DDGS; one control group received only canola meal protein; and a fourth control group were given protein only from DDGS. The table below shows the results of the two control groups:

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May 12, 2014

More research equals more milk with canola meal

Each time a feeding research trial is completed, the world gains a bit more information about how livestock and feed ingredients interact. But, if you have a similar situation in multiple trials, then you might anticipate similar results. For example, a number of feeding studies have been conducted in which more protein in the ration of a dairy cow results in more protein in the milk. But common sense says that at some point, milk production will top out. If that is true, then adding more protein in the ration does not always result in more milk protein.

At other times, results may come as a surprise. You might replace one ingredient in the diet with one that seems to be very similar, but you get very different performance results.

With a meta-analysis, a researcher gathers the results from many studies, in order to determine when desired results will be produced. By combining the results from many similar studies, researchers can predict outcomes more precisely, and better determine what factors interact with each other.

There have recently been three meta-analyses conducted to review various aspects of feeding canola meal to lactating dairy cattle. The analyses were conducted to determine why the results obtained with canola meal (i.e., increased milk production) are so often better than our feed formulators predict.

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March 3, 2014

Lactation performance of cows on canola meal and soybean meal diets

What good is a protein source if it doesn’t maximize your cows’ milk production? Recently, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Nevada and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center studied the effects feeding canola meal and soybean meal had on lactation performance, and the results may not be what you’d expect.

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February 27, 2014

Looking at all canola meal research to find value

Since canola meal was bred from rapeseed in the 1970s, dairy nutrition experts have been reviewing canola meal and studying its use as a dairy cow protein source, as well as how to best utilize it. In fact, there have been many studies looking at many different ration formulationsthat are recognized as official canola meal studies.

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February 17, 2014

Feeding canola meal and dried distillers grains proteins to dairy cows

Two of the most commonly fed and easily accessible protein sources for dairy rations are canola meal and corn dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). The two ingredients are often fed together in a single ration, but little is known about how they should be fed together, and at what ratio milk production is maximized.

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February 6, 2014

Replacing soybean meal with canola meal – in three different rations

Research reported in 2012 first noticed that crude protein from canola meal was used more efficiently than that found in soybean meal. With this new finding, investigators at the USDA Forage Research Center sought to compare soybean meal and canola meal in three different ratios of alfalfa-to-corn silage. The results of the research are reported in the table below. The researchers key learnings included:

When canola meal replaced soybean meal, milk yield and protein increased.
Milk Urea Nitrogen (MUN) decreased when canola meal replaced soybean meal, leading researchers to believe canola meal protein was used more efficiently.
No interaction between protein source and forage type was noted.
Including more alfalfa silage led to increased milk production and milk components.

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January 28, 2014

Working with nutritionists on Jones Farms

When my dad first started our dairy, we had about 50 cows, and we were literally pushing alfalfa and grain off the back of a truck twice a day to feed them. As we grew and added cows, it became clear alfalfa and grain alone were no longer going to be enough to keep the cows producing at the level we desired. That’s when we hired a dairy nutritionist.

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January 20, 2014

Climbing DDGS prices aren’t worth it for dairy producers

Dried distillers grains (DDGS) prices continue to rise to considerably higher levels than what livestock producers are accustomed to paying. While corn prices had eased from earlier-2013 highs, the value of DDGS relative to corn rose to a new record: 144 percent of corn. From a dairy nutrition standpoint, the higher prices simply aren’t worth it. At the same time, canola meal, an increasingly common protein source on dairy operations, is proving to be a great value with its superior amino acid profile.

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January 17, 2014

Feed efficiency gains found in canola meal-forage diets

Increased grain prices in recent years has forced dairymen and women to consider increasing the amount of forage in rations. Because this differs from past traditional diets, a high forage diet’s interaction with canola meal needed to be investigated. South Dakota State University researchers wanted to find the optimum level of forage when canola meal was included in the diet at an 11 percent inclusion rate (dry matter basis).

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December 10, 2013

Getting to know Jones Farms of Stevinson, Calif.

Meet David Jones, a dairy farmer from Stevinson, Calif. Jones recently joined his family’s dairy operation, and is learning to balance what he learned in the classroom and what he’s learning at the farm. Jones will be blogging for Canolamazing periodically, providing an on-farm perspective on dairy nutrition.

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December 6, 2013

Canola Meal + DDGS = The Protein Match Made in Heaven

Two of the most commonly fed and easily accessible protein ingredients for dairy rations are canola meal and corn dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). The two ingredients are often fed together in a single ration, but little is known about how they should be fed together. Should they be included 50-50 as the protein source? 80-20? At what proportion is milk production optimized? Researchers at University of California, Davis recently completed a research trial that set out to answer those questions, and the results were surprising.

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December 2, 2013

Taking the Canola Meal Calculator to the next level

If you’ve used the Canola Meal Calculator, you know that canola meal has more bypass protein than any other plant-based protein source, and that canola meal is 16 percent more efficient than soybean meal on a bypass protein basis. If you’re still digging for more, you’re ready to get into the science of canola meal. That’s where the Advanced Canola Meal Calculator comes into play.

The Advanced Canola Meal Calculator launched in 2012 as a tool for dairy nutritionists to dig into the numbers behind canola meal when making decisions for dairy herd rations. Using the Advanced Canola Meal Calculator, you can:

See how canola meal’s nutrient profile stacks up against other top dairy protein sources
Adjust nutrient profiles to get the most accurate comparison
Compare local prices of multiple protein sources
Determine at what price canola meal is the best buy for your farm

We’ve done the math. Now, you can, too. To use the Advanced Canola Meal Calculator, visit the Canola Council of Canada website.

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November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving for cows: The top five reasons your cows are thankful for canola meal

Still wondering if canola meal is right for your farm? Check out our top five reasons to be thankful for canola meal to help you decide!

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November 15, 2013

A Q&A with dairy nutritionist Dr. Essi Evans

Dr. Essi Evans, a dairy nutritionist, loves canola meal, and she was won over by the facts. Read on to learn more about why Dr. Evans thinks you should be feeding canola meal to your cows.

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November 7, 2013

Feeding Value

Being a dairy producer isn’t cheap. Facility, labor, animal health and feed costs all add up quickly, meaning that every decision made on the farm must bring some type of value to the operation. With feed costs dominating the expense sheet for most dairy producers, why not pick a protein source for your cows that is both high-quality and affordable?

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October 30, 2013

Managing protein variability

When it comes to formulating dairy rations, variability of feed ingredients must always be considered. The goal of developing specific rations is always to meet the nutritional needs of the animal in the most efficient and profitable way possible.

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October 25, 2013

The right protein in the right place

Canola meal not only provides competitive levels of crude protein, it takes protein to another level when it comes to rumen undegradable protein.

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October 22, 2013

From the field to the feed bunk: Canola meal’s journey

The canola plant is a variation of the rapeseed plant, and was developed in the 1970s through standard plant-breeding techniques, resulting in a seed that provides an oil with lower levels of erucic acid. Canola meal was created for its oil, but the by-product of the oil extraction process, the meal, has become extremely valuable as well, especially to livestock producers.

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October 14, 2013

We did the math. Now, you can, too.

Dairymen have a lot of decisions to make in order to keep their operations efficient and profitable. Which milking equipment company should you work with? Whom should you buy your vaccines from? Which bull should be bred to which cow? What should you feed the cows?

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September 30, 2013

Welcome to Canolamazing.

Welcome to canola meal, the amazing protein source that is doing great things for the dairy industry. Widely undervalued by milk producers, canola meal provides dairy cows with more usable protein than any other plant based feed source available. The fact is, canola meal boasts a jaw-dropping 53 percent rumen-undegradable/bypass protein compared to only 43 percent for soybean meal. And today’s savvy dairy producers who add canola meal to their protein mix are seeing returns that surpass all expectations. Results so good, they require a new word to describe them. A word that flows as silkily off the tongue as milk, provides more rumen digestible goodness than soybean meal could ever hope for, and is as bright and fun as the esteemed yellow canola flower itself. Just how amazing is the protein that comes from canola meal? Canolamazing.

Throughout this website, you’ll find information about canola meal, it’s value to dairy cows and what dairy producers and nutritionists alike think of canola meal. Check the website often for the latest canola meal news and research, and to discover what canola meal can do for you operation.

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September 29, 2013

Canolamazing Staircase Photo Contest

The Canola Council of Canada is proud to announce the launch of their new, producer-focused campaign, Canolamazing. Want to be a part of the fun? Enter our Canolamazing contest for a chance to win a hotel stay at the Sheraton during the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

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September 20, 2013

Let’s hear it for canola meal

According to recent research from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the amount of metabolizable protein supplied by canola meal has been undervalued in the National Research Council (NRC) model.

To learn more about what this means for dairy rations, click here.

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September 15, 2013

Canola meal a good protein source in dairy cow diets

A constant challenge for dairy producers and nutritionists is finding ways to increase feeding efficiency and production, while keeping feed costs as low as possible. The Journal of Dairy Science recently published a meta-analysis showing that canola meal may be the answer to this problem.

In a review of 88 diets from 27 experiments, in which canola meal replaced soybean meal or other common protein sources, results for canola meal were positive: It performed as well as or better than soybean meal. To get a nutritionist’s take on this meta-analysis, read Dr. Eric Schwab’s review on the VitaPlus website.

Ready to see if canola meal makes sense for your operation? Visit the Advanced Canola Meal Calculator and see the math for yourself.

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September 10, 2013

Protein calculator provides a break-even cost comparison

If you’re still trying to decide if canola meal is the right choice for you, it’s time to check out the Advanced Canola Meal Calculator. The calculator allows nutritionists to cross-compare canola meal with over a dozen other protein sources, and goes beyond just the crude protein numbers in its comparison.

In a recent Progressive Dairyman article, nutritionist Essi Evans, Ph.D., discussed the abilities of the Canola Meal Calculator and the value it has for dairy nutritionists.

“Some nutritionists based purchasing decisions on cost per unit of protein; some based the decision on cost relative to soybean meal; others evaluated cost on the basis of the metabolizable protein that the meals provided. Few considered the contribution of other nutrients, such as phosphorus or energy,” says Dr. Evans.

To read the entire article, click here.

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