Viterra Canola Meal - Canada
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Viterra Canola Meal
What is Double Expeller-Pressed Canola Meal?
Viterra Canola Processing uses a mechanical crushing process that is termed double expeller-pressed. The seed is pressed twice to extract oil rather than using solvent extraction to extract the residual oil from the first press meal. The expeller-pressed canola meal has a higher oil content which can range from 9-11% and therefore has higher metabolizable, digestible and net energy content than traditional pre-press solvent extracted canola meal.
Viterra canola meal contains approximately 11% oil, compared to 3% in conventional canola meal. This extra energy results in approximately 20% more bio-available energy for animals, making canola meal one of the highest energy protein ingredients available.
Viterra canola meal contains 97% dry matter (compared to 88%-90% dry matter for conventional canola meal), meaning that you are paying for nutrients, not water. This provides some flexibility to feed formulators who are working with some higher moisture feed ingredients. Also, even with the higher oil content,Viterra canola meal contains almost as much protein as conventional canola meal on an as is basis. Canola meal is known for its excellent amino acid balance, with especially high levels of methionine plus cystine and histidine. Viterra canola meal has the same amino acid balance, with a slightly higher digestibility than conventional canola meal.
Viterra canola meal does not undergo the same toasting that conventional canola meal undergoes. Since no solvents are used, no steam processing is required. Viterra canola meal contains high levels of essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid. This means that adding linoleic acid (in the form of extra oil) is not usually required when using Viterra canola meal.