Key Features of ProPound Canola Meal
Protein and Amino Acids
ProPound offers higher protein content than conventional canola, ranging from 43 to 46 percent. The average protein level is 44 percent as fed basis with 89 percent dry matter. The amino acid content is higher than conventional canola meal with the same overall amino acid balance. For example, lysine content is 5.6 percent of crude protein in both conventional canola meal and ProPound. ProPound is a good source of methionine plus cysteine compared to soybean meal.
The digestibility (SID) of amino acids in ProPound is slightly higher than in conventional canola meal. This is mainly related to the lower fiber and reduced tannin content compared to conventional canola meal.
Fiber and Energy
ProPound offers much lower fiber levels compared to conventional canola meal. This is reflected in both the ADF and NDF fiber fractions. The main compositional change is much lower levels of lignin and polyphenols in ProPound compared to conventional canola meal. There are also slightly lower levels of cellulose, hemicellulose and tannins compared to conventional canola meal.
The decrease in fiber levels and its replacement by extra protein results in higher energy content for ProPound compared to conventional canola meal. It has approximately 10 percent higher swine metabolizable, digestible and net energy content than traditional canola meal, which places it midway between conventional canola meal and soybean meal.