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.
The 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.