Developing research information to evaluate camelina and canola in a livestock feeding system
CSANR Project 102
Status: No-cost extension granted
Our project will conduct a nutritional analysis of the biodiesel byproduct, and complete an economic analysis using the camelina biodiesel byproduct as ruminant feed. The studies contained in this proposal address the 2012 BioAg priority areas: provide information that is critical in utilization of canola and camelina meals in ruminant diets and thereby promoting livestock health and well-being; and to expand the body of knowledge relevant to camelina meal with the goal of updating the FDA and American Feed Control Officials (AFCO) feed definition to include forage fed beef cattle which will ultimately provide for an expanding market for camelina meal.
Thirty-six pregnant beef heifers will be used to determine the feeding value of canola and camelina meals and to compare them to traditional protein supplements (i.e., alfalfa hay, soybean meal, and corn distiller’s grains). Growth and blood metabolites related to nutrition and health during the fall/winter supplementation period, and subsequent reproductive and calf performance will each be monitored for treatment effects.