Feeding Camelina Meal to Poultry

Small and Backyard Flocks May 05, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky

Camelina, also known as false flax, is a plant that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Camelina meal is a new by-product of oil extraction for biodiesel production. Camelina meal contains secondary plant metabolites, called glucosinolates, that adversely affect broiler performance.

Inclusion of 10 percent camelina meal in starter broiler diets adversely affected growth and feed efficiency. Supplementation with copper sulfate improved live performance and carcass characteristics.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.