Establishing canola meal as the protein supplement of choice for growing beef cattle and dairy heifers

Researcher: John McKinnon, Timothy Mutsvangwa, University of Saskatchewan, Timothy McAllister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge AB

Project Code: SCDC CUP 2014-10 McKinnon

Final Report: June 2018

Summary: Researchers in Saskatchewan conducted a series of trials to evaluate the value of canola meal in growing/finishing beef cattle diets relative to other common protein supplements such as soybean meal and wheat dried distiller's grains with solubles (WDDGS). The results the trials indicate that canola meal is at least equal to soybean meal as a protein supplement for feedlot cattle and that the inclusion of WDDGS did not improve feedlot performance, rumen fermentation, or nutrient digestibility. Therefore, based on current economics, canola meal would be the protein supplement of choice for beef producers.

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