Journal of Animal Research: v.4 n.2, p. 155-166. Dec. 2014
DOI Number: 10.5958/2277-940X.2014.00001.1
Effects of Dietary Supplementation of Canola Meal
on Growth Performance, Nutrient Digestibility and its
Economic Efficiency in Finishing Pigs
Kwangyeol Kim, Kwang Hyun Kim, Suhyup Lee, Santosh Ingale, Akshat
Goel, Yohan Choi and Byung-Jo Chae *
Department of Animal Resources Science, College of Animal Life Sciences, Kangwon
National University, Chuncheon-200 701, REPUBLIC OF KOREA.
* Corresponding author: BJ Chae; Email:
Received : 31 October, 2014
Accepted : 30 November, 2014
Present study investigated the effects of dietary increasing levels of solvent-
extracted canola meal (CM) as a substitute for soybean meal as an energy and amino
acid source in finishing pigs. A total of 192 finishing pigs (Landrace × Yorkshire ×
Duroc; initial body weight of 48.62 ± 3 kg) were randomly allotted to 4 treatments
on the basis of BW. There were 4 replicate pens in each treatment with 12 pigs per
pen. Dietary treatments were basal diet supplemented with 0, 4, 8 and 12% canola
meal. Experimental diets were fed in meal form for 35 days. Dietary inclusion of
increasing levels of canola meals had no effects (P>0.05) on growth performance
and ATTD of nutrients and energy. Total feed cost per pigs was linearly reduced
(P<0.05) with increase in dietary canola meal level. However, dietary inclusion of
canola meal has no effects (P>0.05) on total weight gain (TWG), total feed intake
(TFI) and feed cost per kg weight gain (FCG). These results indicates that up to
12% canola meal can be included in finishing pig’s diet without any adverse effect
on growth performance and ATTD of nutrient. In addition, finisher pigs feed cost
can be reduced with dietary inclusion of canola meal.
Keywords: canola meal, feed cost, finishing pigs, performance, soybean meal
Soybean meal is a major source of protein that determines the price of proteins for
livestock feeding (Willis, 2003) but increase in speculative demand has resulted
in increasing its price during last few years (Food price watch, 2014). Thus, pig
farmers are subject to serious economic losses. In order to solve this problem,
selection of reasonable alternatives for soybean meal can prove to be beneficial for
reducing the cost of raw material.
Most commonly research substitute as replacement of soybean meal in pigs diets
are DDGS, copra meal, palm kernel meal and rapeseed meal (Almeida et al. ,