New guide captures latest research on canola meal’s role in dairy feed

Dairy professionals now have access to a new, comprehensive guide informed by recent research focused specifically on canola meal in dairy production, as well as a complete listing of nutrient values. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) released this guide to complement the more robust Canola Meal Feeding Guide that covers all species.

“Within the past decade, there’s been a significant amount of new research conducted by prominent dairy scientists,” says Brittany Dyck, CCC’s senior manager of canola utilization. “This guide distills all that information, and provides readers with an extensive bibliography for more in-depth review.” 

Since 2011, there have been four important meta-analyses conducted addressing different aspects of the performance of cows provided canola meal as compared to other vegetable proteins. “It was important to incorporate the distinct findings of these studies in the dairy guide,” says Dyck.

Dr. Glen Broderick, emeritus professor at the USDA Forage Laboratory in Wisconsin and a major contributor to the latest research states “canola meal must have been designed with the dairy cow in mind. Our research, along with that of others, clearly shows that the amino acid profile of canola meal supports the unique needs of the lactating dairy cow and can easily be used as the only added protein source for high producing cows. This guide should help the industry to gain a better understanding of this ingredient.”

The guide also includes recent results from an early lactation feeding study, conducted by Dr. Ken Kalscheur, also with the USDA Forage Laboratory. This study showed that canola meal is highly palatable and supports greater and more consistent feed intake than soybean meal, resulting in greater milk production.

Other important research findings in the guide include:

  • Data on protein degradation, fibre digestion and amino acid supply of canola meal in the rumen
  • Up-to-date nutrient profiles, suitable for use in formulation software

In the past 10 years, 30 university feeding trials have been conducted to examine production differences when canola meal is fed versus other protein sources, including soybean meal, distillers’ grains and cottonseed meal. This ongoing research is part of the Canola AgriScience Cluster, with funding provided under Growing Forward 2, the Canola Council of Canada, Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers.

The 2019 Canola Meal Dairy Feed Guide is free to download at, along with the 2019 guide for all livestock species and aquaculture.

About the Canola Council of Canada



The Canola Council of Canada is a full value chain organization representing canola growers, processors, life science companies and exporters. Keep it Coming 2025 is the strategic plan to ensure the canola industry’s continued growth, demand, stability and success – achieving 52 bushels per acre to meet global market demand of 26 million metric tonnes by the year 2025.

About Canolamazing

Canola meal is a coproduct of canola oilseed processing. With its high protein content, canola meal is often used as a protein supplement for animal feeds. The ingredient provides an amino acid profile that is more similar to animal proteins than other vegetable proteins, and as such is an efficient source of amino acids for growth and lactation. is the complete source for the latest research findings, resources and accurate feeding values for canola meal.

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