Sunflower meal is a byproduct in the production of vegetable oils that obtains after the pressing and extraction of oilseeds. Extrusion is a process of pressing the oil seeds to get the oil. The extraction of residual oil from the pressed seeds using organic solvents named the extraction process. The oilcake contains up to 10% of residual oil which is obtained after pressing, the percentage in the meal is decreased up to 1.5 - 2%.
Sunflower meal is indispensable as a high-protein additive in feed for cattle, pigs, poultry, because it contains a natural protein, fiber, vitamins E and B, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals.
Sunflower meal - a valuable feed, as part of which contains 38-40% crude protein, a rich set of amino acids, in particular the high level of methionine, which has a positive effect on the growth and development of young animals. Compared to the oilcake the meal has a crude protein level slightly larger, but less fat - not more than 1.5%. The content of the husk is not more than 16% (produced meal and without husk).
The level of vitamin B in sunflower meal is considerably higher than in soy. Sunflower meal is rich in niacin, riboflavin, choline, biotin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine. In addition to the sunflower meal is an excellent source of vitamin E.