Determination of the optimal inclusion rate of canola meal in starter mixtures for dairy calves

Researcher: Gregory Penner, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: CUP 2016.152

Final Report: December 2019

Summary: Canola meal is commonly used as a protein source in rations for dairy cows and beef cattle, however inclusion is limited in rations for newborn calves due to concerns of low palatability and low digestibility. Researchers conducted a study to determine the optimal inclusion rate of canola meal as a replacement for soybean meal crude protein in starter mixtures for Holstein calves. Overall, the study showed that replacing 45% of the crude protein from soybean meal with canola meal in starters for calves does not negatively affect starter intake, average daily gain, or post-weaning feed efficiency.

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