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Processing Flax

Postby rancherfred » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:58 am

We are looking at raising flax and using it in our backgrounding diets. From all of the research papers that I have read it looks like we will need to roll it in order to get any good out of it. Does anyone here have experience with processing flax? I plan on using an Automatic roller mill that has been used for corn. It looks like I will need different rolls to process flax than corn but beyond that I have been unable to find any other information. I would appreciate any first hand experience.

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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:44 pm

Here you go,
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby burnt » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:52 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:Here you go,


You're even funnier than you knew! LOL!
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:55 pm

This is an interesting article about the benefits of feeding Flax. Maybe you could contact this fellow and see how he processes it.
Katrina grew sunflowers and pressed them for the oil for biodiesel. Maybe you could press the flax for the oil and feed the meal? I used to get canola meal , salt and a bit of oil added back in and use it for a free choice protein supplement.
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:57 pm

burnt wrote:
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Here you go,


You're even funnier than you knew! LOL!




10,000 comedians out of work and you guys are stuck with me. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:02 pm

Maybe you don't want to process it.
Adding Linseed to Feed
enhAnces the FAt
ProFiLe oF BeeF
summary
Feeding beef cattle a ration containing whole flax seeds
(linseeds), flax (linseed) oil, rolled linseed or milled linseed
increases the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and conjugated
linoleic acid (CLA) content and decreases the omega-6/
omega-3 ratio, but has little effect on the saturated fat content
of beef. Adding linseed to feedlot diets has been shown to
increase the internal fat of heifers and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture yield grades. These enhancements to the fat
profile of beef give consumers value-added foods with
acceptable sensory qualities and a healthy fat profile.
introduction
Food processors continue to think of innovative ways of
adding flax to their food products. Consumers now enjoy
traditional and hearth breads, muffins, bagels and cereals,
as well as energy bars, pizza, smoothies and meatless vegan
meals, all made with added flax.
1
On the livestock side,
primary producers add flax (often referred to as linseed) to
livestock rations, the aim being to increase the content of
healthy fats in eggs, meat, poultry and dairy products, thus
making additional omega-3–enriched foods available for
health-conscious consumers.
Adding linseed to the rations of steers improves the fat
profile of beef. Most research in ruminant nutrition in North
America has been undertaken on cattle, although studies have
also shown beneficial effects of linseed on the fat profile of
lamb meat.
2
the
challenge of
changing the
Fatty Acid Profile of Beef
The fact that ruminants digest their food in stages presents
challenges for cattle producers, the main one being the
process of biohydrogenation – the chemical reactions
whereby microorganisms in the rumen transform the
polyunsaturated fatty acids found in animal feed into saturated
fatty acids. Ingested feed first enters the rumen, a digestive
compartment that works much like a fermentation vat
(see box page 2). The ingested dietary fats undergo many
chemical changes carried out by bacteria, protozoa and
fungi.
4
However, rumen bacteria cannot break down dietary
fatty acids. To enrich beef with polyunsaturated fatty acids
like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the essential omega-3 fatty
acid, and its long-chain metabolites, eicosapentaenoic acid
(EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA), the dietary supply of these fatty acids must be
protected from rumen biohydrogenation. Various methods of
interfering with the bacterial metabolism of long-chain fatty
acids in cattle and sheep have been tried, including the
following:
4
• Feeding
whole linseeds with their seed coat intact to slow
the release of fatty acids in the rumen and protect against
their oxidation;
5
and
• Protecting
seeds by encapsulating
them in formaldehyde-
treated protein.
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby rancherfred » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:29 pm

There seems to be some conflicting research on the issue of processing. One article I found said that without processing the cattle would be able to get little good from the flax. The articles I found that recommended processing were focused more on the effects that flax could have on inflammation in the backgrounding ration and the boost that it could give to yield and quality grade on the rail. There wasn't much focus in those articles with the fat composition of the animal. Apparently that is why the article posted above is recommending not processing. I wonder if not processing the flax will have an effect on its anti-inflammatory properties.

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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Mike » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:58 am

We just ran the whole seed through a hammermill with a fine screen. Mixed it in a ration for show calves. They always did wonderful on it.
Can't remember the mix since it was back in the early 60's. Everyone always fought over buying our show steers because the meat was so good. The black calves would shine like a new penny from that linseed oil. Those calves were always healthy, healthy, healthy. Good luck, you're on the right track.
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Re: Processing Flax

Postby littlejoe » Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:07 pm

Seems like anything that slicks the hair is great---I had mill make me up some feed and mix mga with it, for syncing heifers.

They said how about we put half pound (per day) of soybean meal in it? I don't know a soybean from a Jack and Giant bean, but said whatever you think...this was like a 3# per head per day deal, with avg hay.

Amazing how it slicked them up.

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Re: Processing Flax

Postby Faster horses » Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:08 pm

Soybean is the highest form of protein. We have a supplement called Forage Pro that is soybean meal based. You can't believe how bloomy calves will look in the fall after a drought. It's fed to the cows on pasture. It's amazing stuff. We have customers feed it to their yearlings for added gain in a dry year and they are never disappointed.
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