Anyone using camelina in their feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ih66series, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. ih66series

    ih66series Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    Altoona, PA
    At our farm expo I saw something on a feed additive for chickens called Camelina. Does anyone use it or know anything about it? It seems interesting and I want to know where I can get it.
  2. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Valleyford, WA
    The organic feed mix I am buying uses camelina meal, so I have been reading up on it.

    We here at Scratch and Peck just love this plant! Camelina meal is an essential component of our animal feeds to boost protein levels. We are currently working with a group of Western Washington farmers to investigate the potential of growing camelina even more locally.

    Camelina meal is an excellent source of Omega-3 in livestock and poultry feeds. It is believed that the inclusion of Omega-3 fatty acids in animal feeds will bring an increase in health, reduce stress, increase animal body mass, daily dry matter intake and will provide reproductive beneifts. The level of Omega-3 fatty acids are raised approximately ten fold in chickens, six fold in pork and two fold in beef when Omega-3 ingredients are included in their feed rations.

    Camelina meal, the extruded product remaining after cold extraction of the oil, generally contains 10% – 15% oil (close to 30% of the oil consists of omega-3 fatty acids) and 36% protein.

    Camelina meal was analyzed as an ingredient for production of omega-3 rich eggs. This study was done in collaboration with Nick Dale at the University
    of Georgia. Poultry readily consumed feeds containing up to 15% camelina meal. There were not adverse effects on chicken health or egg production. The fatty
    acid profile of yolks from eggs from chickens fed different levels of camelina (0%, 5%, 10%, 15%) were analyzed for omega-3 (C18:3) content. The content of
    omega-3 in the egg increased with increasing camelina content in the feed (Fig. 4). Currently, camelina meal is being fed to nearly 40,000 laying hens in Montana. The camelina eggs contain enriched levels of linolenic acid (Fig. 4). The increase in the omega-3 content is relative to the percentage of camelina meal in the feed.


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