Projets de recherche sur le tourteau

Learning more about the nutritional value of canola meal is an industry priority. On a per-tonne basis, canola seed is 55-60% meal – and as demand for canola oil increases, it’s important to also increase demand for this commodity.

Researchers are showing that canola meal is much more than just a by-product of oil extraction. It’s a valuable source of feed nutrients for livestock producers, particularly the dairy industry.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS


CURRENT PROJECTS

1. Accurate determination of the contribution of canola meal to metabolizable protein supply in dairy cows
Dr. Daniel Ouellet and Dr. Hélène Lapierre (AAFC, Sherbrooke), Dr. Pekka Huhtanen (Agriculture research for Northern Sweden) and Dr. Édith Charbonneau (University of Laval)

The general objective of the proposed research is to elucidate the reasons of the underestimation of protein supply when canola meal is included in dairy cow diets as a replacement of other protein sources and propose adequate feeding values of the protein quality of canola meal.

This study is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and MCGA.

2. Evaluation of canola meal as compared to soybean meal in practical California rations: effects upon long term lactational performance, reproductive performance and metabolic disease.
Dr. Peter Robinson and Dr. Nadia Swanepoel (University of California, Davis)

This study will provide information regarding use of canola meal in comparison to soybean meal in this unique market with respect to milk production, health and reproduction of dairy cows.

This study is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and MCGA.

3. Canola meal to improve efficiency and sustainability of dairy production: filling knowledge gaps
Dr. Chaouki Benchaar (AAFC, Sherbrooke), Dr. Karen Beauchemin (AAFC, Lethbridge) and Dr. Fadi Hassanat (AAFC, Sherbrooke)

The objective of the proposed research is to fill knowledge gaps by: 1) determining the optimal inclusion level of canola meal in dairy cow diets (versus soybean meal) to mitigate enteric methane emissions, reduce nitrogen excretion and enhance milk performance (production and efficiency); and 2) establishing the carbon footprint (cradle to farm-gate life cycle analysis) of milk produced using canola meal (versus soybean meal) under typical Eastern (Quebec) and Western (Alberta) dairy confinement farming systems. Ultimately, the proposed research aims to demonstrate whether sustainability (environmental and economic) of dairy production can be improved by using canola meal as the main protein source in dairy cow diets.

This study is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and MCGA.

4. Utilization of canola meal in the diets of early lactation cows
Dr. Kenneth Kalscheur (USDA, Wisconsin), Dr. Laura Hernandez (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Dr. Wenli Li (USDA, Wisconsin)

The overall objective of this proposal will be to investigate and determine how canola meal affects metabolism and productivity of early lactation dairy cows.

This study is funded by SaskCanola and Alberta Canola.

5. Understanding the impacts of canola meal on gut microbiota and potential pre-biotic effect of enzymatically-released bioactive fiber components and the long term effects of high levels of canola meal inclusion on sow and litter performance
Dr. Bogdan Slominski, Dr. Martin Nyachoti, Dr. Anna Rogiewicz and Ehsan Khafipour (University of Manitoba)

The objectives of this research are to understand the impacts of high dietary levels of CM on gut microbiota and potential pre-biotic effect of enzymatically-released bioactive fiber components. An additional objective is to optimize high inclusion levels of canola meal in sow diets.

This study is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and MCGA.

6. Gut health and digestive physiology of nursery pigs fed canola meal-based diets
Dr. Tofuko Woyengo and Dr. Joy Scaria (South Dakota State University)

The overall objective of this project is to determine the effects of including canola meal in diets for nursery pigs on gut health and digestive physiology

This study is funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canola Council of Canada, and SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and MCGA.

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RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS

1. Maximizing use of canola meal in dairy feeds
Dr. Tim Mutsvangwa (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Ken Kalscheur (USDA – Wisconsin); Dr. Glen Broderick (University of Wisconsin); Dr. Antonio Faciola (University of Florida); Dr. Hélène Lapierre and Dr. Daniel Ouellet (AAFC Research Station Lennoxville), and Dr. Peter Robinson.

To better understand how the protein and fibre profile of canola meal is utilized by the cow in an effort to understand the mechanism by which dairy cows fed canola meal consistently produce more milk than cows fed other protein sources.

Funded through the Canola Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC, the Canola Council of Canada, SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association

View abstracts for this research here.

2. High inclusion levels of canola meal in monogastric rations
Dr. Bogdan Slominski (University of Manitoba); Dr. Martin Nyachoti (University of Manitoba); Dr. Ruurd Zjilstra and Dr. Eduardo Beltranena (University of Alberta) 

To address the issues associated with high canola meal feed inclusion levels and to demonstrate that canola meal can effectively be used at very high inclusion levels in swine and poultry feeds.

Funded through the Canola Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC, the Canola Council of Canada, SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association 

View abstracts for poultry research here.
View abstracts for swine research here

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