Rapeseed is an annual plant from Brassicaceae family. In other words, the rapeseed is closely related to cabbage, turnip, mustard and rutabagas. Rapeseed blooms for about 1 month. Its fruit is a pod. The seeds are very small; the diameter of seed is 1-2 mm. Rapeseed is propagated by seeds. Rapeseed is a cold-resistant plant that is not particularly demanding of heat in the summer months. Rapeseed loves fertile soil and does not tolerate drought. Rapeseed belongs to the first plants that were cultivated by man 4-6 thousand years ago.
Rapeseed oil contains physiologically important polyunsaturated acids, antioxidants (vitamin E), vitamins A, D, F, B, carotenoids, microelements, which makes the oil valuable for nutrition. Rapeseed oil (colza rape) is increasingly frequently used in the food industry. The refined table oil is the most common. The color and taste of this oil is similar to the sunflower seed oil.
Rapeseed expeller is one of the components of the cattle’s diet. Due to the fact that rape belongs to the Cruciferae family, the expeller obtained from it is a lactiferous fodder. Rather high content of protein allows to increase the fat content in milk, while a low content of fiber allows to combine this supplement with other fodders.
A differential peculiarity of this product is the high residue of crude oil in the expeller. And, as it is commonly known, the rapeseed oil contains oleic acid, which in its turn increases the metabolizable energy of the fodder. This eliminates the additional introduction of vegetable oils into the cattle’s diet.