The FDA approved the inclusion of omega 3-rich Camelina meal in cattle feed. Under the guidelines, the FDA says that up 10 percent of Camelina in cattle feed is satisfactory, providing the potential for omega 3-rich beef for consumer consumption.
There are 10.5 million head of cattle in the US and Canada, opening an enormous new market for Camelina. As the world's largest supplier of Camelina meal and oil for biofuel, only Great Plains Oil and Exploration - The Camelina Company is capable of supplying significant commercial quantities of omega 3-rich Camelina meal to cattle growers.
While high in protein and vitamin E, Camelina meal also is a great source for omega 3 fatty acids and energy. The combination of these attributes is beneficial in healthy weight gain for the cattle.
Camelina meal is in the diet of millions of chickens already. According to one Great Plains customer, "Over the last two seasons we have seen an increase in our chicken's weight since switching to Camelina meal produced by Great Plains."
Previous studies have led to the belief that meat from chickens fed omega 3-enriched meals contain omega 3 fatty acids, resulting in healthier meat for human consumption. Because of the health benefits Camelina meal provides, Great Plains believes that cattle fed Camelina meal can be marketed as a premium branded product.
[Source: PR Newswire]