EFI customers are very interested in the specialty feed ingredients they are giving to their animals. We would expect nothing less. That is why you can look up each of our products here on our website and see a breakdown of the important components. Check it out for yourself. You should notice that all the products contain crude fat.

Do you know what crude fat is? Do you know why we list it on our product pages? Understanding the difference between crude fat and bypass fats can help you make better decisions about what you feed your animals. When it comes to specialty feed ingredients, you really want to know how much bypass fat is in a product as opposed to just crude fat.

Crude Fat Is Total Fat

The best way to describe crude fat is to say that it is the total volume of fat extracted from a feed sample. It includes both rumen-degradable and bypass fats. It is similar to the concept of crude oil versus its many constituents.

Crude oil is the raw oil taken out of the ground. It offers a multitude of components processors extract to make various petroleum products. Likewise, crude fat is a combination of all the fats extracted from feed. As a farmer, you are probably interested in both bypass and rumen-degradable fats. You might even be interested in each individual fat down to the granular level.

Note that a measurement of crude fat doesn’t tell you anything about the bypass fat content of a particular feed. That is why we break down our feeds further. We tell you how much crude fat is in a product, but we also tell you how much of the total content consists of bypass fats.

It’s a Balancing Act

As a dairy farmer, you know that feeding your animals the right fats is a balancing act. Your animals need some rumen-degradable fats to maintain good health. But too many rumen-degradable fats can also cause problems. Your goal is to achieve the best possible balance between rumen-degradable and bypass fats. That is not easy to do if you don’t know the specialty feed ingredients you’re working with.

We provide an analysis of each of our products for that reason. Consider our NutraCor product. Take a look at its profile and you’ll see that its crude fat content is 99%. FFA content is 90% while palmitic acid comes in at 80%. You can look further down in the analysis for more details on palmitic, stearic, and oleic acid.

Making Sense of It All

We get the fact that reading about specialty feed ingredients doesn’t necessarily give you all the information you need to know. We understand that making sense of it all is sometimes harder than it sounds. To make things easier, we encourage customers to take the time to study feed labels.

Pay attention to crude fat, but don’t stop there. Read and analyze a product’s fat profile for a better understanding of the percentages of rumen-degradable and bypass fats. Comparing multiple products against one another can help as well.

We also recommend seeking expert advice. Our team can help you regarding specific questions about our products. You might also consult with animal nutritionists who can help you best understand what your animals need.

Just remember that crude fat is only the starting point for understanding specialty feed ingredients. It is simply a measurement of the total fats extracted from feed. You are likely going to want more details. We would expect no less from anyone dedicated to good animal health.